Ingeborg Gerdes: in memoriam

Ingeborg passed away this week. She was a beloved member of BAPC for many years. Here are some thoughts from current and past BAPC members who knew her in the collective or in one of her many roles in the Bay Area photographic community.

View Ingeborg’s BAPC Member Page and her Personal Web Site. Read an article in the SF Chronicle.

Ingeborg had a sharp eye and a quick wit during our BAPC print critiques. One comment she made during a critique that always stuck with me was “A photograph should be like real life, only a little bit better”. We’d follow up the print critiques with a long ride home on BART, in which we had some lively conversations. I’m sure we entertained more than a few fellow passengers. Congratulations on a life well lived Ingeborg, and may you rest in peace.

Tom Lavin

Ingeborg had a vast knowledge of photography; not just the history but also a voracious observer of current work. Ingeborg was also passionate about watching local sports teams; the 49ers, the Giants, and particularly the Warriors. She would get so nervous before playoff games! Ingeborg loved people and she was genuinely interested in the people she photographed. The staff and regulars at Golden Gate Fields racetrack where she photographed for several years all knew her, and it became a part of her social life. I will greatly miss our almost weekly conversations.

Lee Nelson

We were a group of 4 that met monthly to share our photos, ideas and feedback.  Ingeborg was one of us.  I always admired her talent, love of the craft, insightful comments and appreciated her encouragement and generosity of time.  Our gatherings will not be the same without her but still an opportunity to remember her each time we meet. Miss you my friend.

Charlotte Niel

Ingeborg was my first college-level art professor — she was inspiring and tough as nails. No student dared to show up without both prints and ideas behind them. I was in awe of her dedication to her craft. I was excited and honored to reconnect with her via her membership in BAPC. Rest in peace my friend and mentor. 

Ari Salomon

I connected with Ingeborg, when she joined BAPC. I loved when she showed up for our monthly peer reviews. She always was interested  in other people’s work and vision. Her insightful comments not only showed her compassion for photography but also her deep knowledge. I especially appreciated that she was always brutally honest and sincere. It was fun for me to converse with Ingeborg in our native tongue and to chat about her summers in Germany. Her warmth, curiosity and kindness will be greatly missed.

Angelika Schilli

Ingeborg and I were colleagues in the UC Berkeley Extension Photography program many years ago. She was an excellent teacher, a fabulous photographer, and a much-appreciated colleague. I just recently got reacquainted with her last year and am thankful to have known her.

Steve Raskin

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Rusty Weston: FOCUS photo l.a. 2020 Finalist

Cocktail Hour by Rusty Weston

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Welcome Nathalie Strand

Nathalie Strand is the newest member of BAPC. Welcome Nathalie!

Maria Budner gets Silver Award in BAYMOP 2020

Shattered Landscape by Maria Budner

Maria Budner’s photograph Shattered Landscape has been awarded a Silver Medal by the jurors of the Bay Area Month of Photography (BAYMOP)  The dates and places for the exhibition in September will be announced soon.

Upcoming Exhibition

MAGNETIC PULL @ ARC Gallery and Studio

The next BAPC exhibition MAGNETIC PULL will open at ARC Studios in San Francisco, 1246 Folsom St, on January 16, 2021 (conditions permitting).

The show is to be curated by Daniel Nevers and Jennifer Brandon.

Further details will be posted here as they become available.

Recent Exhibitions

Marking Time

photo by Gene Dominique

20th Anniversary Exhibition of the Bay Area Photographers Collective

Curated by Meg Shiffler
September 26-October 26, 2019


  • September 26, 6-8pm: Opening Reception and Curator’s Walk-through:
  • October 12, 2-4pm (Meetup hosted by Ari Salomon)
  • October 26, 2-4pm (Closing day Meetup hosted by Rose Borden)

Harvey Milk Photography Center, 50 Scott Street, San Francisco CA 94117 (website)

Gallery hours: (closed Mon & Fri)

  • Tues 3-9:30
  • Wed 5-9:30
  • Thurs 3-9:30
  • Sat-Sun 11am-5pm

How do we mark time? We all do it. Humans compulsively invent new ways to drop pins in the flow of time so that as much of life as possible takes root in our personal memories and collective consciousness. On the occasion of Bay Area Photographers Collective’s 20th anniversary, Marking Time honors the founders and celebrates the vibrancy and diversity of the current membership through recent works that highlight our relationships to each other, the built and natural world, and photography itself.

The Bay Area Photographers Collective is a community of photographers who nurture each other’s professional and artistic growth through through peer critiques, group exhibitions, workshops, and more. Members’ work ranges broadly from fine art to documentary, color to black-and-white, and traditional darkroom to advanced digital to alternative process methods. BAPC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization established in 1999. 

Participating Artists

Jason Andrescavage, Rose Borden, Tamara Danoyan, Anthony Delgado, Gene Dominique, Richard Dweck, Dan Fenstermacher, Linda Fitch, Steve Goldband, Ralf Hillebrand, Ken Hoffman, Ellen Konar, Philip Krayna, Tom Lavin, Dan Lythcott-Haims, Mitch Nelles, Ari Salomon, Angelika Schilli, Cindy Stokes, Rusty Weston, Nick Winkworth

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stARTup Art Fair/SF 2019

APRIL 26-28 @ Hotel del Sol, Room #305

We will be at stARTup Art Fair this year with a selection of work by BAPC photographers building on our recent show with On Dreams and Reality, Redux. Nine BAPC members will exhibit their work at this annual festival of arts in many media.

KG+ KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival

April 16 – April 21, 2019
Dohjidai Gallery of Art

BAPC members will exhibit at the annual KYOTOGRAPHIE International Photography Festival in Kyoto, Japan. More.

Of Dreams and Reality

September 15 – October 25, 2018

Location: 1275 Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709

Making of a Beautiful Bridge (Japan)

February 27 – March 4, 2018

BAPC members exhibited at the annual Photo Yokohama Festival in Yokohama, Japan as
part of a larger exhibition called Making of a Beautiful Bridge, organized by SAMURAI FOTO collective.