Solo Exhibition: Vincent Courtoy “TONS OF GRACE”


I have developed a fascination with freeway architecture, and the overpass structures that fly over our heads. During the many hours I have lost in traffic, my appreciation for these structures has evolved, from indifference to conscious fascination, as I pass underneath these commanding and formidable tentacle-like pathways. Viewed from a distance, they have a slow, curvaceous slither. Viewed up close, they become abstracted, revealing texture, geometry, and rhythm. Their imposing stature serves as a frontispiece to our various paths, decorative passageways guiding us to the various destinations in our lives.

Vincent Courtoy
On display at Gallery Obscura
April 5th – 21st, 2018

Reception: Thursday, April 19th, 6-8pm

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Student Spotlight: Chase Newton

Why did you choose to take classes in the Photography Department at CCSF?

I originally planned on doing all four years of my degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York, but it turned out to be quite a bit more money than I expected. I had already moved out to Brooklyn, so I spent some time exploring and shooting photos before realizing that CCSF would financially be a much better way to cut costs for the first two years towards a degree. A few friends who spent time at CCSF told me that the photo department has some really great teachers and I ended up moving back to San Francisco to get an Associate’s Degree here at City College, and will be making the move back to New York.


© Chase Newton | Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2016

You are an international exhibiting artist – Please tell us more about your recent international exhibition and your upcoming one.

Back in April, me and a few friends had the opportunity to present an exhibition at “Rainbow So” in the Shimokitazawa district of Tokyo. This was all thanks to Carson Lancaster who owns Book and Job Gallery in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco. He’s had previous solo exhibitions in Tokyo and basically told me that they hit him up to do a group show, so we ended up collaborating together for it. I’d never been to Asia before, so that was a really exciting, but I had to learn a really hard lesson: never lose your passport! I booked a cheaper ticket and had a layover in Shanghai for what was supposed to be six hours; when I lost my passport there and it took a week before I was actually on my way to Tokyo. I was extremely lucky because I  flew in the day before the show. It could’ve easily been too late and I would have missed the whole exhibition. That was such an amazing trip and experience in the end because it was the first time I’d been part of any exhibition internationally. To be there with friends, shooting and exploring, there’s honestly nothing better than that.

In January, i’ll be joining my friend in London for his own solo exhibition, and after that I’ll be traveling back to Tokyo for another exhibition in February. This time it’s at an even bigger gallery, “B Gallery” in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, so I’m even more excited for the second go around. It feels like it’s all coming full circle because I’ll be presenting a series from my road trip across the US to Brooklyn, back when I moved thinking I’d be staying for good to go to School of Visual Arts. I’m getting zines made now and I have everything ready to go print wise for Tokyo early this time. If there’s anything I’ve learned from the exhibitions i’ve been able to be a part of, it’s that you should have your ideas, prints, frames, and everything done early. If not it’s just a whirlpool of anxiety for you and the curator, you should always be ready to go early. That’s one of the best parts about studying photography here, you get photo projects that you end up shooting and printing with a deadline, its good practice for when you get an opportunity to present your work outside of school.


@ Chase Newton | Shanghai, China, 2017

What is your photographic process and what direction you would like to take with your photography?

My own process is probably a bit different in that I’m really only shooting film for my personal work. I love to shoot color film, but black and white is my go-to because I can process it myself and print in essentially any darkroom. I spent most of this summer working at Rayko Photo Center before it finally closed its doors, giving me an opportunity to print basically every color negative through an actual color enlarger. That’s another huge factor in why I shoot black and white a lot these days, there’s literally nowhere to produce C-prints from a communal space in San Francisco anymore. With my process of shooting, I’m always trying to capture moods and emotions as inconspicuously as possible. If I’m traveling somewhere new, I try and take some time to just walk around the city and shoot everyday life outside the touristy areas. You really get a feel for the actual city at that point, and the more patient you are, the stronger your photographs will be. As far as the direction I’m headed, essentially I want to end up as an Editorial Photographer, so I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from everyone and everything I do photographically. I’m currently assisting a Commercial Photographer, and even though commercial work isn’t exactly my cup of tea, it’s an incredible learning experience to be apart of.


@ Chase Newton | Brooklyn, New York, 2015

Do you have a go-to camera and lens?

My go-to camera is definitely my Hasselblad 500 c/m, it’s my baby. I have quite a few lenses, but my favorite to throw on and shoot just about anything would be the 80mm, 2.8 Zeiss lens. It’s a super fast and surprisingly light weight lens that’s great from portraits to just about everything, If I have to switch to 35mm, I go with the Leica M5 with the dual range Summicron f/2 50mm, the perfect focal range for everyday shooting.


@ Chase Newton | San Francisco, California, 2016

Any advice you can give to other students who also working their way towards An Associate in Science Degree with Major in Photography? 

All I can really say is patience goes a long way, that goes for school and photography in general. It’s been a long journey so far, but I know theres much more to do and learn in life, so I just try to take it easy and keep shooting consistently. You don’t get anywhere in life by expecting something to happen overnight, take your time and stay patient. Also, if you want your photography to go somewhere you have to put it out there in the world. Connections can go a long way, so start to build friendships within the photo community, meet a ton of curators and ask as many questions as possible. Always have a business card on you and have a website that you keep up to date, its all about the little things.


© Chase Netwon | Brooklyn, New York, 2015

Chase is one of our CCSF Photography Peer Mentors

To check out more of his work:

CCSF Photo Club’s Group Exhibition – “Loud”



© Joseph Johnston | “Mission Street Fire”

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Williamson and CCSF Photo Alum to show in “Seeing Red”

Seeing Red
a photo exhibit celebrating the color red
February 9 – March 9, 2018

2nd Friday Jingletown Closing Reception, March 9, 6 – 9 pm

Gallery Hours: Saturdays 1:00 to 5:00 and by appointment
Gallery Address: 2889 Ford Street, third floor, Oakland, CA 94601

Gray Loft Gallery is very pleased to present Seeing Red, a photography exhibit that explores and celebrates the color red.  A variety of photographic techniques inspired by the color red will be on view, including mixed media, alternative process and traditional color photographic processes.  Red is associated with passion and drama, with strong emotions such as love and anger, and can be stimulating, vibrant and exciting.  In Chinese culture red represents luck and prosperity.  Lovers of red are passionate with an enthusiasm for life – which is exemplified in this visually vibrant exhibit.

The exhibit was selected by Ann M. Jastrab, an independent curator, photography consultant, editor, and writer.

CCSF Photography Alumni:
Marsha Guggenheim
Anita White
Yelena Zhavoronkova

Jeffrey Abrahams   |   Stephen Albair   |   J. Alderton   |   Caren Alpert   |   Robin Apple
Jo Babcock   |   Sarah Christianson   |   Marna G. Clarke   |   Sas Colby
Yoav Friedlander |  Rhianna Gallagher   |   J.M. Golding   |   Lisa Toby Goodman
Jeanne Hauser   |   Jessica Hayes   |   Judi Iranyi  |  Kevin B. Jones  |  Krista Kahl
Sherry Karver   |    Diane Kaye   |   Mike Kirschner    Lesley Louden   |   Ernie Luppi | Charlotte Niel   |   Eben Ostby   |   Troy Paiva  |  Tamara Porras   |  Pete Rosos
Jenny Sampson   |   Dean Santomieri   |  Susan Scott |  Richelle Semenza
Neo Serafimidis |  Styrous  |   Michael Teresko   |   JP Terlizzi  George Tomberlin
Jon Wessel   |  Susan West  |   Karyn Yandow


Faculty Spotlight: Professor Ken Light to show in “Religion & Resistance”



© Ken Light | What’s Going On? 1969-1974

Religion & Resistance
with photos by Ken Light
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Graduate Theological Union-Center for Arts & Religion
2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley (off Euclid Avenue)

In many faith traditions, the promotion of social justice values is paramount. Activists who are inspired by the teachings of their faith often include religious references on protest signs and posters, as well as in performances. These religious allusions constitute markers to faith communities, calling all members to the cause.

Religion and Resistance considers this theme in several ways. Exhibition highlights will include photographs by Ken Light whose photographs are in themselves acts of protest, as he captures moments of transcendence and resistance centering on the 1969 Moratorium to end the Vietnam War march on Washington, D.C and work in Mississippi & California’s Central Valley. Archival protest posters, most from Berkeley’s Inkworks Press, demonstrate the power of religious imagery in graphic design. The representational nature of an enormous Archbishop Oscar Romero, created in papier-mâché and cloth by Bread & Puppet, triggers memory, while its monumental nature transfixes. To show that the use of religious references in protest movements is ongoing, Religion and Resistance presents recently used protest signs that include religious references or inspiration.

Exhibit Dates:
February 6 through May 2, 2018 (T, W,Th 10am-3pm or by appointment)
Center for the Arts & Religion, Doug Adams Gallery

PH52 Spring 2018 Lecture Series “Photographers and Their Images” Announced


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The Spring 2018 line up for CCSFPHOTO‘s  “PH52: Photographers and Their Images” featuring professional photographers who come to lecture and show their work at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) Monday nights 6-9pm throughout the year has been announced. Be sure to register for this one unit course to secure your seat. This series of lectures is available to be taken for one college credit and there are no pre-requisites.  Register online now until March 4th without an add code – and note the lectures will be held in VISUAL ARTS ROOM 114. If you would like to repeat the course, you can do so as a co-enrolled continuing education student, show up to the first class and fill out a “co-enrollment form”. The fee is $105.  The public is also invited but a donation to CCSF’s Photo Department to help support this series is appreciated.  REGISTER HERE

PH52-501 “Photographers and Their Images”, (1) CRN 36304 (transfers CSU)
Watch streaming presentations from previous artists here. 

3/5/18 – Todd Heisler, a staff photographer with the New York Times since 2006, shoots a little bit of everything – from presidential campaigns to weather in New York City. But he’s happiest working on the periphery of news stories looking for subjects away from the spotlight. Heisler studied art at Illinois State University but fell in love with photojournalism when he started working at the student newspaper. He started his career working for community newspapers in the Chicago suburbs and in 2001 joined the staff at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. In 2006, he received the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography for a project that followed a Marine casualty assistance officer and the families of Marines killed in Iraq. The project received several other honors, including a World Press Photo Award. In 2010, he won a National News and Documentary Emmy for his contributions to One in 8 Million, a multimedia project that profiled 54 New Yorkers ever week for a year.  He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

3/12/18 – Steven Bollman makes black and white photos, usually shooting film, to record ordinary people in extraordinary moments. He is fascinated with how the drame of human life plays out in short lived moments. Bollman was born in New York City in 1961. He has photographed in Sicily, Cuba, Haiti, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, as well as around the United States. In January 2018, Bollman self-published his first photobook entitled Almost True on his imprint F8 Books. Almost True includes nine narratives in 81 photos from work spanning 34 years, covering many topics and from many places.

3/19/18 – Norma I. Quintana is an American photographer and educator working in the tradition of social documentary. She photographs with film, primarily in black and white using available light. Quintana has studied under Mary Ellen Mark, Graciela Iturbide and Shelby Lee Adams and is a founding member of the Bay Area non-profit, PhotoAlliance. Quintana’s most recent project, Circus: A Traveling Life, was published by Damiani Editore, in Bologna, Italy. Quintana currently lives in Northern California with her family and their house was completely destroyed in the 2017 Napa Fire. As she sifts through the rubble of their home, she is documenting items that she recovers from the ashes for a new body of work entitled Forage from Fire.


4/2/18 – Martin Klimek began his career 30 years ago as a newspaper photojournalist in the San Francisco Bay Area.  During that time his week-long coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was was published worldwide including National Geographic Magazine.  He is currently based in the Bay Area and works as a commercial, editorial and documentary photographer and director specializing in portraits and landscapes. He uses the camera as a tool to meet, communicate and share with people around the world. Klimek’s work is regularly chosen for the Communication Arts Photography Annual, the American Photography Annual and the APA Awards. He lives in the Bay Area.

4/9/18 – Born in Brazil, Jamil Hellu is a visual artist based in San Francisco and working primarily with photography, video, and installations. His work revolves around representations of identity, particularly engaged in exploring interpretations of queer sexuality. Hellu holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Art Practice from Stanford University and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute and teaches photography in the Department of Art & Art History at Stanford University. He has been awarded the Eureka Fellowship by the Fleishhacker Foundation, the Kala Art Institute Fellowship in Berkeley, the Graduate Fellowship Award at Headlands Center for the Arts, selected for the Artist-in-Residence Program at Recology San Francisco and granted a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.

4/16/18 – Wesaam Al-Badry was born in 1984 in Nasiriyah, Iraq. In 1994, Al-Badry and his family were relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska after spending four-and-a-half years in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia after fleeing the war in Iraq. As a young man growing up in middle America, Al-Badry felt the disconnect between his experiences in Iraq, in the refugee camps and his life in the United States. Al-Badry’s work focuses on capturing the dispossessed, the alienated and ultimately, human dignity. He has worked for global media outlets, including CNN and Al-Jazeera America. His photographs have been featured in the New York Times Lens Blog, Lenscratch, LensCulture, Huffington Post, California Sunday Magazine, Zoetrope and campaigns for the UNHCR, the ACLU, among others. He has been recognized as Photolucida Critical Mass’ Top 50 Photographers and received the John Collier Jr. Award for Still Photography. While his work focuses on photo reportage and documentary, Al-Badry also creates multimedia art that challenges and investigates social norms. He currently resides in San Francisco, where he is pursuing a BFA in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Solo Exhibition: Magda Rodrigues “EAT CAT FOOD”


Most people do not know what it looks and feels like to be inside buildings like the abandoned barracks on Treasure Island. I hope my pictures will offer a glimpse into a world that most of us would like to ignore and maybe bring up questions about our values. I hope this will also allow people to see the beauty that still exists in the most extraordinary places and people.

Magda Rodrigues
On display at Gallery Obscura
Jan 30 – Feb 24, 2018

Reception: February 1st, 6-8pm

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