Lily Chen was a graduate student when the Occupy movement hit the Bay Area. Assigned to photograph the ongoing protest efforts by her professor, Chen soon found herself embroiled in the passion and idealism of her youthful subjects.
Nostalgic visions of hippies, free love and living off the land dominate the agreed-upon narrative of Northern California. But as Talia Herman can attest, we’re a long way from the commune utopias the Bay Area fostered in the 1960s.
Catchlight is proud to announce Status Update, a new exhibition of photography and video about change, opportunity and inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Curated by Pete Brook and Rian Dundon, Status Update emphasizes the perspectives of local and outside artists currently working in the region. A full program of workshops, talks and film screenings accompanied the exhibition at it's inaugural installation at San Francisco's SOMArts Cultural Center (pictured above).
Catchlight’s Activist Awardsidentify outstanding work by photographers in collaboration with nonprofit organizations worldwide, with prizes ranging from $5,000-$15,000. This year we received 256 submissions from 54 different countries, and awarded $15,000 to a professional and $5,000 to an emerging photographer.
We're excited to announce that we are relaunching PhotoPhilantropy in a new direction and changing our name to Catchlight. Our focus will remain on visual stories and social impact, and in addition we will now partner with media organizations to broadly share the best stories across traditional and inventive new channels, as well as through live and virtual events.