Irene Imfeld @ Depth of Perception

Irene Imfeld participates in a juried group show. Marin MOCA, Novato, CA.

SFMOMA Artists Gallery Warehouse Event

Ari Salomon and Alan George will have work for sale at the 16th Annual SFMOMA Artists Gallery Warehouse Event, Fort Mason. A 5-Day fundraiser that attracts 100s of buyers. Reception: May 6, 6pm–9pm.

Irene Imfeld @ Scanning Japan

Irene Imfeld is a curator and exhibitor with three other artists. Reed Whipple Cultural Center, Las Vegas, NV.

Crown Jewels @ Filoli Gardens

Irene Imfeld and Erin Malone will participate in Parklands, North American Crown Jewels, a Juried group show at Filoli Gardens, Woodside, CA.

Erin Malone @ Fantastic Plastic

Erin Malone participates in the juried show Fantastic Plastic, at the Carol Watson Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. The show was juried by Susan Burnstine.

It’s Still Life @RayKo Photo Center

Ari Salomon participates in It’s Still Life, a juried show at
RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. Reception: 6-8pm on August 7.

TPS 17: The National Competition

Beth Kientzle and Erin Malone participate in a juried group show in Texas: TPS 17: The National Competition. The show will travel:

Dec 4 – Jan 24 Center for Contemporary Art

Feb 2 – May 1 Tammy Cromer-Campbell Photographs & Gallery

Jun 1 – Jul 29 River City Silver

Organizational Structure

Each member of the Collective takes an active role in one of its committees. Every other month, the organization holds a general meeting to discuss collective business and to update all members on committee developments.

Executive: Assures the smooth operation of the organization.

Membership: Acts as a contact for potential new members and guides the membership process.

Publications: Maintains Web site, creates other communications materials as needed.

Publicity: Assures media coverage for organization events.

Programs: Plans and carries out peer reviews, artist presentations, workshops, salons, and other activities.

Exhibitions: Seeks exhibition opportunities, organizes, and mounts shows.

Member Activities

Peer Reviews:

Each month, members may present work for reactions and suggestions from the group.


The Collective mounts several shows each year. Venues have included Arc Gallery, PHOTO, Rayko Photo Center, the Commonwealth Club of California, Mina Dresden Gallery, The Berkeley Arts Center and San Francisco City Hall.

Other Activities:

In the past, the Collective has sponsored critiques or artist talks from well known photographers and educators, as well as workshops to share photographic skills.

Vision and History

The Bay Area Photographers Collective is grounded in the belief that there is a need for an institution devoted to the development of a photographic community and its concerns. The Collective will provide a home base for Bay Area photographers devoted to their art.

The Collective will promote and encourage independence, experimentation, cooperation, and creativity. It will sustain a community of photographic artists through support, spiritual sustenance, encouragement, and constructive critique. It will pursue the exhibition of members’ work on a professional level.

The Collective is a nonprofit, cooperative organization that is wholly supported by its members, and does not rely on outside funding for its existence or day-to-day operations.

In January 1999, a group of San Francisco Bay Area photographers, inspired and led by documentary photographer and teacher Frank Espada, met to create a community of photographic artists. 

Our first group exhibit took place October 1999 as part of San Francisco Open Studios, followed by four other group shows in 1999, 2000, and 2001. In April 2001, BAPC attained federal tax-exempt status.

We continue our active pursuit of photography by hosting monthly portfolio reviews, bimonthly salons, and frequent workshops, artist talks, and exhibition opportunities.

Our current members work in all modes of the photographic arts—from digital, to traditional darkroom, alternative process and mixed media.