FOCAL POINTS: CatchLight Fellows and Everyday Bay Area Collective
Exhibition: May 3 – June 30, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 - 8 PM
Location: SF Camerawork - 1011 Market Street, San Francisco
Exhibition Hours: Tues—Fri from 12 - 6 PM, Sat from 12 - 5 PM, and by appointment
May 4, 2018 7:30-9:30 PM Tomas Van Houtryve at Palo Alto Photography Forum
May 15, 2018 6 - 8 PM Artist talk with Brian Frank and Talia Herman, Storytellers Lecture Series
June 2, 2018 12 – 2 PM Private Life in the Public Eye: Ethics of Street Photography at SF Camerawork: Photography Presentation, Conversation, and Photowalk
with EveryDay Bay Area Photographers, Moderated by Ken Walton (SF Street Foto)
June 27, 2018 6 – 8 PM Closing Reception
San Francisco, CA— SF Camerawork is proud to present Focal Points, an exhibition of the inaugural CatchLight Fellowship and Everyday Bay Area photography 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.
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.
Of CatchLight’s mission Nancy Richards Farese, Founder & Executive Director says:
CatchLight is a forum that evaluates and experiments with the impact of visual storytelling. Humanity needs art and storytelling more than ever before to help us understand the complex world we live in. The good news is that there are extraordinary photographers working worldwide to deepen our understanding of significant and urgent social concerns. We plant ourselves firmly on the West Coast to take advantage of the energy that drives innovation here and the vibrant engaged art community. We want our fellowship program to inspire and connect people while expanding their horizons and motivating action for social change.
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 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 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.
Founded in 1974, SF Camerawork’s mission is to encourage and support emerging artists to explore new directions and ideas in the photographic arts. Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, SF Camerawork strives to create an engaging platform for artistic exploration as well as community involvement and inquiry. www.sfcamerawork.org
United Photo Industries is a New York based art-presenting non-profit that works to promote a wider understanding and increase access to the art of photography. Founded in 2011, UPI has consistently showcased thought provoking, challenging, and exceptional photography from across the globe through cultivating strategic and creative partnerships, UPI has presented dozens of exhibitions and public art installations across the United States and worldwide with numerous festivals, city agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. UPI is also the producer of Photoville – the largest annual photographic event in NYC, all free to the public. www.unitedphotoindustries.com