Everyday Bay Area Artists
Brenton Gieser is a photographer, documentarian, and visual storyteller originating from Half Moon Bay, California and currently producing the majority of his work in San Francisco. He approaches his work as a personal mandate to help raise questions around social and economical injustice with a desire to move us towards deeper community understanding and social equity. His current work centers around a long-term photo-documentary called Tender Souls, where he and project partner Felix Uribe documents the lives of a wide range of Tenderloin community members through a combination of spoken interviews, portrait photography and photo journalism. His work has been published by publications such as the New York Times, Vice, Upworthy, amongst others.
Chris is an accomplished photojournalist. His collection includes photographs from extreme locations like the North & South Poles, Everest, Papua New Guinea, DR Congo and at the edge of space (aboard a U-2 Spy Plane). He’s also had the opportunity to photograph a variety of global leaders, including the 14th Dalai Lama. His work is prolific and his photographs have been used by National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the New York Times, the BBC, Outside Magazine, and others. His photos have been seen millions of times and have appeared on the covers of many newspapers & magazines. His “Flying Emperor” photograph was the 2nd place finisher in the 2014 Wikipedia Picture of the Year.
Chris is also the Editor at Explorers, a site dedicated to adventure travel and a member of the Explorers Club. He’s published a number of fine art books, including 90 Degrees South, Monochromatic, Roof of the World, Stranger in a Strange Land, etc. Chris also serves as the Photo Editor-at-Large for The Bold Italic. His most recent show was “Envisioning Ecstasy” at the Tibet House in New York City.
Chris graduated from the University of Illinois and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate from Tiffin University.
Colleen is an award winning visual journalist was named 1 of 28 talented urban photographers to follow on Instagram by Buzzfeed. She studied Journalism at San Francisco State and has worked for national publications from Florida to California. Colleen has taught multimedia for the past 4 years with various organizations including Youth Spirit Artworks in Berkeley, Youth Radio in Oakland, and currently at Alternatives in Action in Fruitvale. She has a passion for storytelling and media literacy.
Courtney Stack is a multimedia journalist, fiction writer, artist, and dance choreographer living in San Francisco.
Duc grew up in a small town in Texas. His passion for art and technology led him to the SF Bay Area where he enjoys a career in design. He finds inspiration exploring the beautiful Bay Area with his family. Follow along on Instagram @ducstar
Based in the East Bay, Alpana is an award-winning lifestyle and portrait photographer originally from Mumbai, India. Her formal art-school and advertising agency background goes hand in hand with her ability to see the big picture. Clients hire Alpana for her authentic storytelling and ability to create unique and engaging content. With her masterful eye, she has the ability to find a story in life’s everyday moments.
Emma Marie Chiang
Emma Marie Chiang is an independent visual journalist and proud San Francisco native. She thrives by telling photo and video stories of people in her home city. Emma focuses on documenting stories of displaced communities and cares about the rights of marginalized people and women. She believes storytelling has the power to plant seeds of curiosity, dialogue, inclusion, reconciliation and hope between individuals and communities. Her work is featured in publications and non-profits in the Bay Area. She received her B.A. in photojournalism, and minor in Holistic Health at San Francisco State University. She has interned at the San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco Examiner, SF Weekly and participated in the Missouri Photo Workshop, Cuba68. Her work can be seen on emmamariechiang.com / Instagram @echiangphoto
James Tensuan is a freelance photographer based in the Bay Area. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED, Education Week and others. He is an alum of San Jose State University.
Kaitlin Yapchaian is a digital experience lead working in global retail marketing. Outside of work she devotes her creative energy to a variety of photography pursuits.
Kaitlin grew up in New England and received a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Richmond. She called New York City home for almost a decade before moving to the West coast, where she currently resides. You can follow along at kaitlinyap.com, kaitlinyap.photos or @kaitlinyap.
Mark Murrmann is Mother Jones’ photo editor. Mark came to Mother Jones in 2007 with a background as a freelance editorial and documentary photographer. He studied photography at the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He was a student winner of the Alexia Foundation Photography Grant and attended the Eddie Adams Photography Workshop.
Nathan Weyland is a self-employed visual communication specialist based in Oakland, CA. He earned a degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University in 2009, and has lived in Costa Rica and Mexico City while pursuing stories relating to development and HIV. Since returning to California he has been documenting the enormous efforts to manage and deliver fresh water throughout his home State, a project that is still ongoing, as well as freelancing for the New York Times, Mashable, SF Chronicle and other local and national publications. He finished his first short documentary film this year and is currently applying to film festivals throughout California and Mexico.
Pendarvis Harshaw is a Senior Communications Associate at PolicyLink, working to amplify stories of policies and practices that are moving us toward a more equitable world.
Prior to becoming a member of the PolicyLink family, Pen earned a degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and an undergraduate degree from Howard University’s School of Communications. Pen is a published journalist with bylines from Youth Radio, Fusion, The Huffington Post, National Public Radio and more. He runs a website dedicated to documenting the wisdom of elder African American men in his community, OGToldMe.Tumblr.Com. And although he is no longer a high school teacher, he is forever an educator. Oh, and he’s from Oakland. And proud of it.
Dubbed the “hood historian,” Rasta Dave was born and raised in San Francisco, California’s vibrant Excelsior District. His captivating and unapologetic candid street scenes and portraits give viewers an inside view–not always pleasant–of whats really happening on these California corners. As he uses the City Life as his art and the streets as his canvas he gives you a taste of reality. His motto: one camera, one lens, no studio no rehearsal…strictly REAL street life and culture. With street credentials that span from the Bay down LA, Rasta is able to document neighborhoods on few outsiders get to see.
Taliesin Gilkes-Bower is an artist and photographer who lives in Bolinas and works internationally. He produces work that navigates the traditional boundaries of photojournalism, documentary film, new media, and installation. The desire that centers his practice is furthering collective liberation and amplifying creative responses to oppression. He is also particularly inquisitive about the networks, paradigms and ideologies that capitalism uses to cloak violence. He will teach you how to surf if you ask.
His work can be seen at www.realmsmanifest.com and @realms.manifest
Patrick Hogan is a designer, photographer and storyteller who was born in New Orleans, grew up in Ohio, and is currently living in San Francisco. He appreciates new experiences, good conversation, and old school hip-hop. He enjoys photographing lifestyle and documentary work with a stylized feel. He looks forward to letting his experiences guide his photographic work.
Rachel Bujalski is a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work centers around alternative living and people breaking out of traditional housing norms. By highlighting human needs and values at it’s core, she addresses possible holes in our system by revealing overlooked pockets in our communities. Her work has been published by National Geographic, Vice, and WIRED. In 2015, her Connected Off-the-Grid project joined The Story Institute, an international visual storytelling distribution platform.