Gallery Obscura Opening Reception for Erhan Erdem 10/4/18 5-7pm

Gallery Obscura at City College of San Francisco’s Photography Department is pleased to present:

Erhan Erdem
Here, for now
September 28 – October 29, 2018

Opening Reception
Thursday, October 4th,
(located in the Photography Department, Visual Arts Rm 160)

Gallery Obscura showcases the work of students from City College of San Francisco’s Photography Department. Please contact our current Gallery Curator, Kari Orvik ( to propose a group or solo show in the gallery.





Spring 2018 Cherkis Scholarship Winner Vivian Wan exhibits Generations series at Gallery Obscura 9/29


Welcome to Fall 2018 Semester at City College of San Francisco’s Photography Department! Gallery Obscura is pleased to present the exhibition of works by Spring 2018 Yefim Cherkis Scholarship winner Vivian Wan.  Below is her statement for Generations, a photo series made in collaboration with her grandparents.


“What started out as simple documentation for a family album became a collaborative project. As part of the creative process, I asked my grandparents to co-curate the photographs from contact sheets and to provide captions. The result is a joint series, featuring captions and drawings alongside the photographs in which they play both subject and object.”

Photographs by the Spring 2018 Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship Recipient:
Vivian Wan
On display at Gallery Obscura

Opens August 29th – September 24th, 2018

Gallery Obscura is open during Issue Room hours: M: 11:30-9:45, T-Th: 9am-9:45pm,
F: 9:30-3:45, Saturday: 9am-3:45pm.

If you are are a CCSF photo student interested in showing your work or proposing a group show, please contact Gallery curator Kari Orvik at


CCSF Photography Student Alumni will be sharing their insights and career experiences.

September 19th, 4-6pm
MUB 238 Ocean Campus
Please RSVP to Arya Zarrinkelk

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Spring 2018 Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship Winner – Vivian Wan

Congratulations to Vivian Wan for winning the Spring 2018 Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship! Vivian will be exhibiting her winning portfolio, in Gallery Obscura, during the Fall 2018 semester.

Spring 2018 Barbara Stewart Scholarship Winner and Honorable Mentions

Congratulations to our Spring 2018 Barbara Stewart Scholarship Winner and honorable mentions!

Light as Subject
Winners currently on display in Gallery Obscura

Winner ($250 scholarship):
Elizabeth Anne Bertolino

Honorable Mentions:
Dianne Ancheta
Ryan Campagna
Ariana Minolli
Naima Nazouarihill

Slideshow of all entries:

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Kari Orvik to show in “Westward” and tintype published in The New Yorker


A photography exhibition curated by Ann Jastrab, will open at San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery at City Hall Friday, May 11th from 5-7:30pm. The show features 10 women photographers responding to place and interpretations of the West, including CCSF Photo faculty (and alumni) Kari Orvik who will be showing color images from her hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska.

Opening Friday, May 11 5:00-7:30
Curator/Artist Walkthrough at 5pm
May 11, 2018 – May 10, 2019
SFAC Gallery in City Hall (North Light Court and basement level)


© Kari Orvik | Fairbanks, 2013

Kari Orvik’s tintype portrait of poet Fred Moten was also recently published in the New Yorker magazine:

“My tintype of the amazing poet and writer, Fred Moten was published for an article in the New Yorker about his recently-published 3 volumes of collected writings. Meeting him and making this photograph during an LA heatwave in my friend’s backyard was a memorable experience – what a lovely person!”
You can read the article here: Fred Moten’s Radical Critique of the Present


@ Kari Orvik | Fred Moten

Careers in Photography – Panel Discussion

MAY16 • 4–6PM • MUB361

CCSF Photography Alum, Alex Ramos – Photographer & Gallery Director at Leica
Jung Fitzpatrick – Photographer, Jung Fitzpatrick Photography
Eliza Gregory – Photographer, Eliza Gregory Photography
Gene Hwang – Photographer & Photojournalist, Orange Photography

The Panelists will be sharing their insights and career experiences with the audience. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Arya Zarrinkelk
Employment and Training Specialist


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