$500 Yefim Cherkis Scholarship – Portfolios due May 10, 2014

Cherkis Announcement

Student Spotlight: Wez Ireland

Time Traveling to Cuba

Photo Essay by Wez Ireland

Primary school children on their way to class in Trinidad. Trinidad was founded in 1514. The older parts of town are well preserved as the Cuban tourism industry benefits from tour groups. In contrast, other parts of town outside the downtown districts are very run down and in disrepair.

Primary school children on their way to class in Trinidad. Trinidad was founded in 1514 and has been accredited as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The older parts of town are well preserved as the Cuban tourism industry benefits from tour groups. In contrast, other parts of town outside the downtown districts are very run down and in disrepair.

Photo Essay by Wez Ireland

It was only a matter of time before my wife took me to visit her native land, Cuba. As a British national, I didn’t have to worry about the way Americans must navigate when trying to enter their Caribbean island neighbor.  At the closest point, Cuba lies just 92 miles south of Florida. Still, from the moment we disembarked, I couldn’t shake the feeling that we’d made a journey back in time.

We planned an action-packed trip over nine days. Starting in the capital, Havana, to visit extended family, we bussed cross-country to Santiago, the country’s second city, over 500 miles away.

We made several stops, including the central city of Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site founded in 1514.

In the downtown of Trinidad life bustles around grand, stone buildings erected when Cuba was a stopping point for the Spanish en route to the Central and South American mainland, years before the legendary clash between Cortez and Montezuma, and a century before the first British colonies in the New World.

In Las Tunas, at the bus station, my wife and I chatted with a man who unabashedly described himself as a pimp from Havana, touring the countryside to recruit workers.  He directed our attention to a suitcase stocked with designer jeans, cologne, electronics and other sundries for sale, beaming with entrepreneurial gusto.

Cuba is a time when: children can walk to school by themselves in the morning, and play on the street until the sun goes down… people reap what they sow. Sharecropping is a common pastime, securing nutrition for families and fodder for trade… elders are queried for wisdom and stories that have passed through generation

University students return from School on the streets of Santiago de Cuba. Neighbors gather in the parks and kids play in the streets until the sun goes down.


design invite
You are invited to join us for our Dsgn 105 – Survey of Collaborative Design’s Presentation of:
Student Solutions for a student centered education that benefits CCSF and our community.
10:30 A.M., ART 103
Please RSVP to Nadereh Degani:
by March 27, 2014

2 Short surveys by the collaborative groups that will be presenting:
how to improve CCSF’s website and social media to further communications at CCSF? https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WQMCGBL


Sarah Lewington – Solo Photography Exhibit

15 Seconds
A Photographic Exploration of Tai Chi

Black and White Photography by Sarah Lewington
On Display in Gallery Obscura March 15th, 2014 – April 11th, 2014
Artist Reception Tuesday, March 16th at 6pm-8pm

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The impetus for this series was a failed search for Tai Chi images that defied the clichéd, pajama clad man standing on a hill at sunset. These prints are my rejection of said cliché.
Tai Chi is an internal martial art based on a series of circular and spiral movements that conform to, and exemplify the laws of physics. The movements are integral to Tai Chi’s philosophy of being one with nature, where its healthful qualities find their expression, and where the martial applications derive their power. These images are but tiny fragments of an expansive physical and mental system as experienced by me.
Each of these silver gelatin images is a single, fifteen second exposure with one or more strobe flashes. By using a long exposure my intent was not to deconstruct the movements, but instead to show their inherent fluidity and simplicity. By freezing the movement with a flash I wanted to convey that at any point in the form, the mind is consciously focused.


$250 Barbara Stewart Memorial Scholarship Spring 2014 – Entries due 4/24

Photograph by Stacey Pang, Fall 2013 Scholarship Recipient

Photograph by Stacey Pang, Fall 2013 Scholarship Recipient

What is the Barbara Stewart Scholarship?

  • It is a scholarship established in memory of the late and beloved Barbara Stewart, a City College ESL instructor and photography enthusiast. Each semester a Beginning Photography student is awarded a $250 merit scholarship in her honor.

Who may enter?

  • Open to all currently enrolled Photo 51 students.

Is there a theme or subject?

  • Yes, the theme this semester is Light as Subject.

What may I submit?

  • Students may submit one photograph only.

What are the submission requirements?

      • Images should be no less than 1280 pixels on their long side. JPEG format only!
      • File names must be in this format: first_lastname_ph51-<section#>.jpg. For example: sally_student_ph51-001.jpg No spaces or punctuation other than – or _

      • Student’s name must be included as Creator in the file metadata and contact information – phone and/or email must also be included in metadata. Submissions without this information will not be considered!

How do I submit?

  • Files should be uploaded to the Barbara Stewart drop box on the Photography Server.
  • Submissions must be received no later than 9:00 pm on April 24, 2104

Still have questions?

  • Ask your Instructor or a Lab Supervisor for assistance or
  • Contact Steven Raskin at sraskin@ccsf.edu

Previous Barbara Stewart Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Alumni Spotlight: Group Show with Yelena Zhavoronkova

 Now that You’re Gone … San Francisco Neighborhoods Without Us

A new photography exhibition presented by the
SFAC Galleries in partnership with PhotoAlliance.


On view February 25-May 23, 2014

San Francisco City Hall
Ground Floor Exhibition
North Light Court Banners
40 Downtown Kiosk Posters

The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries’ Art at City Hall program, in partnership with PhotoAlliance, presents Now That You’re Gone … San Francisco Neighborhoods Without Us. This multi-faceted exhibition project features photography by Northern California emerging and established artists that captures various aspects of the built environment of distinct San Francisco neighborhoods without people. PhotoAlliance Director and co-curator Thom Sempere says, “The wide array of photographic styles and subjects reflects each artists’ personal interest in capturing our city.”

Now That You’re Gone … challenges viewers to examine their urban landscape in new ways, taking special note of the unique quality of light, the juxtaposition of historic and modern structures, hints of nature, evidence of our habitation and architectural details that help define San Francisco as one of the world’s great metropolises,” says SFAC Galleries Director and Co-curator Meg Shiffler.

Opening Reception:

February 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
San Francisco City Hall,
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, 94102
Remarks at 6:30 p.m. in the North Light Court
RSVP to cece.carpio@sfgov.org

Featured Photographers:
Steven Brock, Charles Byrne, DeWitt Cheng, Mark CitretJanet DelaneyDennis HearneJason TannenLeo vanMunching, and Yelena Zhavoronkova

Student Spotlight: David Ventura

Sunnydale: Revisiting the Projects

A Writer Reflects on Her Childhood in the ‘Swamps’
Written by Mintoy Tillman | Photography by David Ventura 

The author returns to Coffman Pool Playground in Sunnydale, where as a child she played withe friends after swimming classes. Photo by David Ventura

When people ask where I grew up and I reply that I’m from Sunnydale, I sometimes get weird looks. When Sunnydale shows up in the media, which isn’t often, it is almost always related to violence and crime. There are a lot of stereotypes about life in the projects.
There’s the single-mother household. The poor, the uneducated, the underprivileged. The drug addict. The criminal. The lazy person who refuses to improve his or her living situation.
I wouldn’t say these stereotypes are completely false, but they’re not completely true either.
Most San Franciscans never see Sunnydale at all, unless they are on their way to the nearby Cow Palace. Even fewer will ever know about my Sunnydale. It’s a place where people are resourceful and self-reliant, but take care of one another. Where people are proud of what they have and share with the community. It’s a place that made me strong, wise and determined. READ ALL& See the photo essay.


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