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.

1 Shot x2 2009

07_06-oneshotOne Shot x2: Our annual membership exhibition

September 1 – September 30, 2009
Reception: Saturday, September 12, 2 to 4

SF Photo Center Gallery at the Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Center (map)
50 Scott St, San Francisco, CA‎, (415) 554-9522‎

Photographers often present their images in a body of work elaborating on a concept or documenting places or events. BAPC’s annual One Shot exhibit provides an opportunity for members to showcase an image that can stand apart from their series of work or is outside the typical subject matter or medium the artist uses. This year BAPC has expanded the concept. In One Shot x Two each member exhibits two images that are thematically related. Read more

BAPC General Meeting

BAPC General Meeting. Members only. Harvey Milk Center, 50 Scott Street, San Francisco

Black and White Printing Workshop

Black and White Printing Workshop with Tom Lavin at Rayko. Members and invited guests only.

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.

Related Sites

Friends of BAPC

Rayko Photo Center: A community photographic facility with classes, gallery, rental darkrooms, digital lab, and studio.

SF Camerawork: founded in 1974, this organization promotes photography through its gallery exhibits, bookstore, lectures and other events, and publications.

Fifty Crows: a site for documentary photography.

The Nocturnes: Bay Area photographer Tim Baskerville’s Web site devoted to night photography, including an image gallery, FAQ, and information on workshops.

Amie Potsic: photographer and professor at the San Francisco Art Institute; Ms. Potsic has conducted guest critiques for BAPC.

Past Members

Frank Espada: Bay Area documentary photographer and educator, as well as a founding member of BAPC.

Corden Potts Gallery: Corden Potts Gallery is a partnership of photographers Liz Corden and Jan Potts, both of whom were founding members of BAPC. The gallery, located at 49 Geary Street, Suite 211, San Francisco, is dedicated to showing the work of outstanding emerging photographers.

icontact: the work of six Bay Area photographers, including current and former BAPC members Elizabeth Corden, Beth Kientzle, Jan Potts and Angelika Schilli.

Snapcity: the photographic journeys of photographer, Web designer and BAPC founding member, Emilie Valentine.

Beth Kientzle: a fine art photographer and one of the founding members of BAPC.

Last Avenue Studio is owned by Roxanne Worthington, a photographer and former member of BAPC, and offers photo-based classes in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Jacqueline Walters, a fine art photographer and one of the founding members of BAPC.

Gloria Upchurch, documentary photographer and former member of BAPC.

Alan George, fine art photographer and former member of BAPC.

Art Levit, fine art photographer and former member of BAPC.

Transformation at the Palo Alto Research Center

Adrienne Defendi and Kay Taneyhill (and two former BAPC members, Charlotte Kay and Roxanne Worthington) will exhibit their photographs in Transformation at the Palo Alto Research Center, lobby gallery. Artists’ reception, Wednesday, July 22, 4:30 – 6 pm.