SF Camerawork

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SF Camerawork
Former name
Lamkin Camerawork Gallery
LocationFort Mason Center, 2 Marina Blvd, Building A, San Francisco, CA 94123
Coordinates37°46′54″N 122°24′38″W / 37.781803°N 122.410469°W / 37.781803; -122.410469
FounderJohn Lamkin

SF Camerawork is a non-profit art gallery in San Francisco, California dedicated to new ideas and directions in photography.


SF Camerawork was founded in 1974 by John Lamkin and a group of artists, initially calling it "Lamkin Camerawork Gallery".[1][2][3]

Allie Haeusslein writes in the British Journal of Photography:

SF Camerawork was founded in 1974 with the mission of promoting emerging photographers and encouraging diverse approaches to the medium; Hal Fischer, Donna-Lee Phillips and Lew Thomas – three influential conceptual photographers of the period – were among those involved in establishing the cooperative organisation. SF Camerawork fearlessly mounted early-career solo exhibitions for Joel-Peter Witkin (1982), Allan Sekula (1985), Uta Barth (1994), Todd Hido (1997), Gregory Halpern (2007) and Meghann Riepenhoff (2016), just a few of the exhibited artists that are now well-known names. It has organised compelling (and, in some cases, prescient) thematic exhibitions about photography in California, photomontage, identity politics, and digital photography.[4]


According to Artweek:

SF camerawork has a dedicated Education Center and Library, with gallery and forum spaces to engage and to exhibit work by students from First Exposures, SF Camerworks’s photography mentoring program for at-risk youth. The 3,000 volume photography reference library includes many rare and out-of-print publications.[5]

Programming has included the publication, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts[5] and administration of the James D. Phelan Art Award in Photography.[6]

About Solos, a program which began in 2005, and featured two or three artists in simultaneous solo exhibitions, Artweek writer Amber Whiteside states, “The aim of this new series is to provide a platform that accommodates multiple artists’ visions without forcing them together under a curatorial agenda.”[7]


  1. ^ Whiting, Sam, “Photo Gallery's New Focus / Camerawork has a new home to present emerging photographers”, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 May 1996
  2. ^ Mayor Lee Celebrates Arrival of Burning Man Project & Welcomes SF Camerawork & PianoFight Theater to Central Market”, Office of Mayor, San Francisco, 5 August 2011
  3. ^ Hoge, Patrick, “Marnie Gillett – ran SF Camerawork gallery”, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 December 2004
  4. ^ "On Location: A Photographer's guide to San Francisco | 1854 Photography". www.1854.photography. Retrieved 2021-07-05.
  5. ^ a b "New director, location for SF Camerawork". Artweek. 37 (7): 3. 2006.
  6. ^ "Phelan Photo Awards". Artweek. 35 (5): 2. 2004.
  7. ^ Whiteside, Amber (2005). "Solos at SF Camerawork". Artweek. 36 (8): 14.

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