SF Camerawork will hold its annual fundraiser auction on Saturday, September 21, 2019: this is your opportunity to acquire a photo of Karl Lagerfeld (by Herb Ritts) and so much more. By donating a signed copy of renowned French artist JR, MerciSF happily supports SF Camerawork, a local non-profit organization who has remained at the heart of the city’s photography ecosystem by bringing cutting-edge artwork from around the world to local audiences.
SF Camerawork was founded in 1974 by a collective of artists to promote photography as an art form. The founders envisioned SF Camerawork as a forum where photographers and community members could meet and critically discuss the photographic medium. They welcomed experimental photography and fostered a range of alternative styles and approaches that included artists working with conceptual, performance, and language-based practice within photography.
Throughout its 45-year history, SF Camerawork has hosted exhibitions and events with many innovative and influential artists, including Sophie Calle, Larry Clark, Binh Danh, Lee Friedlander, Robert Heinecken, Chris McCaw, Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, Donna Lee Phillips, Sebastiao Salgado, Lew Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems
It is among the longest-operating alternative art spaces in San Francisco. We heard about this event by Erika Gentry, a true Francophile of the Bay Area, currently the Chair of the photo Department of City College of San Francisco and a Board Member of SF Camerawork. She introduced us to Heather Snider, the Executive Director of SF Camerawork who emphasized the role of the non-profit in the local scene and the need to support artists in the city.
SF Camerawork will hold its annual fundraiser auction on Saturday, September 21, 2019, benefiting the non-profit organization’s exhibitions and public programs dedicated to innovation in the photographic arts. This signature event—now in its 40th year and a favorite among serious photography collectors nationwide—will feature 70 exceptional, highly curated lots representing a range of work by both emerging and internationally distinguished artists, including Ansel Adams, Lewis Baltz, Ruth Bernhard, Carolyn Drake, Kota Ezawa, Lucas Foglia, Ken Gonzales-Day, Matt Lipps, Klea McKenna, and Minor White among many other stellar offerings.
In a nutshell:
Sept.6: opening of online bidding
Sept.7: opening of exhibition
Sept 11: VIP reception with Sandra Philips
Sept 15: end of early bird rate
Sept 21: Gala
And for example, first bidding prize starts at 400$ for the Ansel Adams print, we let you take a look at the rest of the collection. Happy bidding!
Address: SF Camerawork, 1011 Market Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco