SF Camerawork is proud to present Focal Points, an exhibition of the inaugural CatchLight Fellowship and Everyday Bay Areaphotography project, produced by CatchLight in partnership with United Photo Industries. CatchLight is a San Francisco Bay Area-based non-profit that annually recognizes three exceptional photographers who bring awareness to challenging social issues.
Featuring work from the 2017 CatchLight fellows, Tomas Van Houtryve, Sarah Blesener, and Brian L. Frank who were each paired with a media partner—the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Marshall Project, respectively, along with local artists from the Everyday Bay Area Collective, this traveling exhibition explores how visual storytelling has the power to drive social change.
2017 CATCHLIGHT FELLOWS
Tomas Van Houtryve is a conceptual artist, writer, and photographer based in Paris. His project Lines and Lineage imagines what the history of the Mexican-American border might have looked like at the time of the area's Mexican Administration. It questions the role that photographs—both present and missing—have played in shaping the identity of the West.
Sarah Blesener is a documentary photographer based in New York City. Her latest work revolves around youth movements and culture in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the United States. Photographed across twelve states, Sarah’s photography project, Beckon Us From Home captures the emotion and vulnerability of youth in today’s political climate. Blesener’s ongoing work examines the interplay of religion, love of country, and military-style training in the teaching of “New Americanism” amongst youth.
Brian L. Frank, a San Francisco native, has worked on social documentary projects across the Americas that focus on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers’ rights, and the environment. Frank’s latest work takes a close, hard look at a slice in time at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp before it disappears. Who are the boys that make up the camp? What are their common stories and why do they deserve a chance to be heard? Many in the camp will disappear just as Pine Grove is disappearing. It is a photographic essay that explores not only the bonds of brotherhood they share, but also the loneliness they feel, knowing that the odds are stacked against them, waiting just on the other side of the trees which form their prison walls
Everyday Bay Area Collective is a project of CatchLight and The Everyday Projects, in partnership with KQED Public Media and PhotoWings. Based on a curated Instagram feed, Everyday Bay Area encourages professionals and amateur photographers alike to shoot “photography that matters” and seek images that ignite curiosity and promote inclusion, tolerance, and respect. Through their feed, Everyday Bay Area aims to help San Francisco Bay Area residents see and understand each other across identities, ages, demographics, and geographies.
This exhibition is produced and curated in partnership with United Photo Industries, and will be traveling to Photoville in Brooklyn Bridge Park from September 12 - 23, 2018.
Printing support and services by Digital Silver Imaging.
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
Artist Talk: Tomas Van Houtryve | Lines and Lineage, Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:30 - 9:30 PM At Palo Alto Photography Forum
Storytellers Lecture Series: Brian Frank & Talia Herman, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
Photography Presentation, Conversation, and Photowalk: Saturday, June 2, 2018, 12 - 2 PM
Private Life in the Public Eye: Ethics of Street Photography, at SF Camerawork with Everyday Bay Area Photographers, Moderated by Ken Walton (Streetforo SF)
Closing Reception: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 6 - 8 PM