Solo Exhibition of Spring 2017 Cherkis Scholarship Recipient: Adam Field


In this work, I explore the contemporary relationship between man and nature. Specifically, I photographed abandoned objects and places along a stretch of fence in West Oakland. My work seeks to mine the emotional consequences of our lost innocence and disassociation from the natural world.

Black and White Photographs by the Spring 2017 Yefim Cherkis Memorial Scholarship Recipient:
Adam Field

On display at Gallery Obscura
November 6th – December 2nd, 2017

Artist Reception November 30, 6-8pm


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Solo Exhibition: Goh Takaya “When The Mind Becomes Pure”

When The Mind Become Pure

This is a series of conceptual, B&W portrait photography. Shooting was with an old manual film camera, processing film was with chemicals of my choice, and printing was on papers with gelatin silver emulsion. From shooting to printing, all processes were done without computer, but by my hands. The concept is to see the purity of the mind within us. I looked for people at work with passions and senses of responsibility, radiating their purer state of mind which can be said Zen-kind. Hoping to inspire viewers for the merit of mindfulness, and for the subtle joy of quietness

Goh Takaya  
On display at Gallery Obscura
August 23 – September 15, 2017

Reception: Thursday, August 31, 6-8pm

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Alumni Spotlight: Jason Andrescavage

Jason Andrescavage is an alumni of the Photography Department at City College of San Francisco and earned a Masters Degree in Photography from Kingston University in London in 2014. He has been creating photographs for 10 years concentrating on traditional film and analog wet darkroom techniques. Jason also shares his knowledge at Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco, CA where he teaches photography and darkroom techniques. See our interview with him below:


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Jason – how do you think the Photography Program at CCSF help prepare you for a masters program in photography?
I think the CCSF Program is a great first step on the road to a graduate degree because of the intensive technical courses on offer throughout the curriculum.  If you are willing to put in the time as a student, there is absolutely no limit to what you can accomplish there.  Between the facility and the amazing faculty I was always able to grow as an artist and a practitioner during my time there.  In addition to the technical courses, the artistic development classes, business courses, and comprehensive history curriculum I always felt like I was well prepared for a graduate-level education.

Was graduate school always your goal?
No!  I started at CCSF as a pure hobbyist looking to get some instruction and improve my photography.  It’s hard to understate how important my time at CCSF was in changing my mind in regards to photography as a profession and academic pursuit versus a pleasant pastime. The steady pace of advancing skills and knowledge through the curriculum was addicting and led me to want to continue on to the next level.


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What advice do you have for CCSF photography students wanting to continue onto graduate school?
PUT IN THE WORK!  The CCSF Photo Department as a resource is second to none, and someone who is truly serious about growing as a photographer would have no excuse not to exploit it to the fullest.  When I was a student at CCSF, I would frequently be at class or in the darkroom 4 nights a week, and Saturdays.  If I wasn’t at work or on location shooting photos, there was a good chance I was on campus.  And I was a part time student!  When I got to my Masters Program, I was already used to the serious work commitment required and I was able to enjoy the experience all the more thanks to the reduction in stress that meant for me.

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What made you focus on traditional film and darkroom techniques?
It wasn’t specifically a “film-vs-digital” choice to continue on with traditional film.  I started photography with an inexpensive 35mm SLR I bought on Ebay.  At the time, the first class in the CCSF Program was Photo51, and it was still a film-only course.  As I worked up through all the classes in the Program and became more competent behind the lens and in the darkroom, my style and choices evolved around the medium.  At some point, the look I got was so tied up in traditional wet photography that a digital practice just wasn’t an option for my personal work.  Since then I’ve gone even farther down that rabbit hole, shooting my most recent project with an 8×10 camera and paper negatives.

Do you have a go-to camera and lens?
I shot with a 35mm Leica R4 SLR for many years with the occasional medium format roll here and there.  Right before I went to grad school I bought a medium format camera for the work I would be doing there and have since then not shot any 35mm besides for backup purposes.  During my grad program in in the years since I have moved up to large format 8×10 for specific projects while doing my typical work in medium format.

The two cameras in my bag are:
-Hasselblad 500C with 80mm and 150mm lenses.
-AGFA Ansco 8×10 from old timey times with a newer Schneider 300mm lens.


© Jason Andrescavage

What is your main source of ideas or inspiration for your work?
It really depends on the project, but for the last few years inspiration for my large format project has come from early artist photographers such as Henry Peach Robinson and Julia Margaret Cameron, up through the Pictorialists- and especially California Pictorialist Anne Brigman.  My inspirations for my typical work include the works of Lillian Bassman, Dan Winters, Richard Avedon, and Tim Walker.

I don’t shoot socially-themed works, mostly concentrating on portraiture and themes that excite me within the world of photography, such as the interaction of photographer and subject.


© Jason Andrescavage

Finally – Do you have any advice for our film & darkroom students wanting to pursue fine art traditional photography?
Have a reason to use traditional wet photography and make it your own as a reflection of your artistic concepts.  Have the traditional process be as much of the “why” as the subject matter itself.  The fact is, the medium is a choice- make it an interesting one.

Working at a fine art practice is a difficult and your work may go unnoticed for a long time.  I’ve had many works dear to my heart get no attention at all when others are unexpectedly selected for exhibitions all over the place.  Work with a style and subject matter that excites you, and you will have the enthusiasm to constantly improve and evolve your work.

For more Jason Andrescavage:
Jason’s workshops and class offerings at Harvey Milk Photo Center

Solo Exhibition: Yuri Uemura “Flower Condition”

Flower Condition

I picked each flower to capture the instantaneous epiphanies. In seeing this short life and all its conditions, I firmly believe that I am not afraid of life or death, nor anything in between or after death.

Photography by Yuri Uemura
On display at Gallery Obscura
November 21th – December 3rd, 2016

Reception: Tuesday November 22nd, 6:30-8:00pm

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Register by 8/9 and Enter to Win


Get in the Darkroom and learn it’s magic! PH81A Intermediate Photography Darkroom awaits!

It’s time to register for Fall! Save your seat now – classes start in Friday August 12, 2016.

Everyone who registers by August 9th will be entered into a raffle to win $50 in print credit at the CCSF Photography Issue Room.

CCSF is open and accredited! Your units are good for life and will always transfer. Have you registered yet for a photography class? Registration is open! . Low enrolled classes may be
cancelled as early as August 3rd – so register now.

1. Visit the the Fall 2016 schedule to choose your classes

2. Follow the admissions process

3. Register for the class (registration is required to attend). Only $46 per unit for CA residents!

4. Don’t have the pre-requisite but feel you have adequate experience? You may challenge into any class.
Contact Erika Gentry, Department Chair to schedule a challenge test. Note that if you challenge any class – you waive your right to take it in the future.

Solo Exhibition: Heidi Judge “Space Oddity”

Space Oddity

Showcases the use of negative space through black and white film. It demonstrates absence and the notion that it is not necessarily the subject that is important, but the space surrounding.

Black and White Photography by Heidi Judge
On display at Gallery Obscura
April 5 – April 30

Artist Reception: April 7th, 6-8 pm

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Photography Courses Still Open For Spring ’13

As of this week – the following sections still have seats available for Spring. Remember that if you have questions about a class – you may email the Instructor of record. Here is a list of our faculty and staff and their contact information. Visit the full schedule of classes – which start January 14, 2013. If you do not meet the pre-requisite requirements but believe you have equivalent skills you may schedule a challenge test with the department secretary or make an appointment and bring in your equivalent college transcripts to the chair.

© PH51 "Beginning Photography"

PH51 “Beginning Photography”

PHOT51: Beginning Photography with Lightroom

Lec-3, lab-3, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
A basic course introducing photographic capture, processing and output practices. Introduction to small format cameras including both film and digital; exposure calculations, film and digital capture, scanning, digital printing, and presentation techniques. This course explores both the technical and aesthetic aspects of photography. No pre-requisites required. UC/CSU
31891 005 L/L    R  09:10-12:00PM       Massalski, A      
                 R  01:10-04:00PM
31271 007 L/L  T    11:10-02:00PM       Raskin, S          
                T    03:10-06:00PM      Raskin, S
Delbridge-lecture-posterPHOT 52 Photographers and Their Images (1)
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
Repeat: max. 2 units
Professional photographers present and discuss their work in both technical and aesthetic terms. This is a unique opportunity for photography students to meet world renowned photographers and discuss topics in a question and answer format. CSU. A course not to be missed – visit our past lecturers. Meets all of the six mondays listed below. No pre-requisites required.
FIRST date for the lecture series is JAN 14th
Meets in Conlan Hall E-101
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PH60A "Beginning Photoshop"

PH60A “Beginning Photoshop”

PHOT 60A Beginning Photoshop (2)

Lec-2, lab-1, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
PREREQ.: GRPH 25 OR CS 100M or MMSP 120  or PH51 or demonstration of exit skills.
A beginning level lecture/lab course introducing the student to Photoshop. Technical aspects of digital photography will be emphasized. This emphasis includes demonstration of the software and hardware necessary for a photographer to succeed in the contemporary photographic marketplace. Students will complete lab exercises in class as well as assignments to be completed outside of class time. CSU. See the virtual gallery of student work.
32320 001 L/L   R  02:10-05:00PM           Raskin, S                 
31392 501 L/L   W   06:10-09:00PM
© Philip Maisel

© Philip Maisel

PHOT 60B Intermediate Photoshop (3)

Lec-2, lab-3, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51, 60A; and DSGN 101 or GRPH 21 or demonstration of exit skills.
An intermediate level lecture/lab course for students to expand their capabilities in Photoshop. Intermediate techniques in the manipulation, alteration and enhancement of digital photography will be emphasized. This in-depth exploration of the digital photograph will provide the student with skills to create their own expressive images and explore the various electronic methods of output. Students will integrate the technical resources that are available to them in preparation for a rapidly changing field. Class demonstrations, projections and critiques of student work will be used. Students will complete lab exercises in class. CSU. See the virtual gallery of student work and Professor website.
 30852 001 L/L M   03:10-06:00PM          Gentry, E         
               W   03:10-05:00PM
©Aaron Sorber, PH67 "Digital Negatives for Darkroom Printing"

©Aaron Sorber, PH67 “Digital Negatives for Darkroom Printing”

PHOT 67 Digital Negatives for Darkroom Printing (3)

Lec.-3, lab-1
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 and PHOT 60A  or demonstration of exit skills. ADVISE: PHOT 81A and PHOT 86 or demonstration of exit skills.
Creation of inkjet film negatives from digital files for use in a traditional darkroom. Students will perfect their negatives in the digital realm, output them using digital techniques and then print them using traditional, historical and alternative printing methods in the darkroom. See the virtual gallery of student work and Professor website. CSU
32691 001 Lec   W   09:10-01:00PM            Gentry, E
4x5gallery01PHOT 81B Advanced Black and White Darkroom Techniques (4)
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills
Repeat: Max. 8 units
An intensive exploration of the controls and materials of the black and white photographic process. Emphasis on fine printing, optimization of the negative and archival processing procedures, and an analysis of films, papers and developer combinations. CSU
30858 001 L/L M 12:10-03:00PM & W 12:10-03:00PM       Degani, N
PH85A "Beginning Lighting"

PH85A “Beginning Lighting”

PHOT 85A Beginning Lighting Techniques (4)

Lec-3, lab-3, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 51 or demonstration of exit skills.
ADVISE: PHOT 53, 55, 83, and DSGN 101 (concur.)
Through demonstration and hands-on experience students explore the basic and technical use of ambient, tungsten and electronic flash illumination as it is used in photography. Students will work with a variety of lighting equipment and accessories. CSU
 30861 001 L/L M     09:10-12:00PM      Berman, M          
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 30862 501 L/L M     06:10-09:00PM      McAteer, R        
               W     06:10-09:00PM
PH86 "Mixed Media"

PH86 “Mixed Media”

PHOT 86 Mixed Media and the Photographic Image (3)

Lec-2, lab-3, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PHOT 81A and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills
Repeat: max. 6 units
An exploration of the photographic image, exposing students to the concept of manipulation of the original to reveal forms of expression which are unattainable through straight photography. Emphasis will be given not only to established non-silver processes, but also to the integration of more contemporary mediums. CSU
30867 001 L/L    W   01:10-03:00PM       Spragens, G       
                 W   03:10-06:00PM
© Judy Walgren PH52 "Photographers and their Images"

© Judy Walgren PH52 “Photographers and their Images”

PHOT 102B Documentary/News Photography (2)

Lec-2, lab-1
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available
PREREQ.: PH51 and DSGN 101 or demonstration of exit skills. An exploration of photojournalism and documentary photography as applied to newspaper and magazine work, photo essay assignments and book projects. Legal and business issues, including fund raising and grant writing to support extended projects. Captioning and writing text to accompany photographic work. Mastering of story format using a variety of photo equipment and materials including location lighting, available light photography. CSU
 33041 501 L/L  T    06:10-09:00PM     Light, K
Murals by John Carr, PH86 "Mixed Media"

Murals by John Carr, PH86 “Mixed Media”

PHOT 130 Portfolio Production (3)

Lec-3, lab-3, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
P/NP Available

Prereq.: DSGN 101 and PHOT 81B or 85B or 90 or 93 or 60B

Repeat.: max. 6 units
Students will produce a portfolio to begin the process of preparing them for a professional photography career, photographic gallery exhibition, or transfer to a four-year institution. The class will address technical and aesthetic issues as well as portfolio presentation and marketing strategies. CSU
32321 501 L/L M     06:10-09:00PM          Nishihira, R              
              W     06:10-09:00PM
2DSGN 101 Design Fundamentals (3)
Lec-3, lab-3, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
ADVISE: ESL 150 or ENGL 92
Repeat: max. 6 units
A visual design course, covering the theories, processes, vocabulary, techniques and skills common to design disciplines. Practical application of knowledge through individual and group exercises and projects. UC/CSU
 32981 006 L/L M W   09:10-12:00PM                         Shimm, A          
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 32561 553 L/L  T R  06:30-09:20PM                         Comacchio, E       
                                                           McAteer, R
DSGN 105 Survey of Collaborative Design (3)
Lec-3, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
A survey of influences and forces throughout history that drive change in design. Focus will be given to how collaborative processes lead to change. Students will research, analyze, and discuss design case studies. UC/CSU
 32563 003 Lec     F 10:10-01:00PM                         Degani, N          Deadlines       Book