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Johnna Arnold | Carlos Arrieta| Jo Babcock | Tim Baskerville | Elizabeth Bernstein | Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik | Sarah Christianson |Denise Fuson |Erika Gentry | Chris Hardy | Victoria Heilweil | André Hermann | Audrey Jones | Robert Kato | Sam Manera | Kurt Manley|Bob Nishira | Rachel Phillips | Beb C. Reynol | Barry Umstead | Cody Williams | Christine Zona
Connie Begg | Johanna Case-Hofmeister | Mary Celojko | Bill Daniel | Janet Delaney | Jeanne Hauser |Pablo Haz | Ann Jastrab | Hiroyo Kaneko | Lance Keimig | Colleen Mulvey| Mia Nakano | Heather Perin | Moshe Quinn | Meghann Riepenhoff | Unai San Martin | Kira Sugarman-Shemano | Shawn Tamaribuchi | John Torrente | David H. Wells | Greg Wilson | Sabrina Wong

Johnna Arnold is an artist, photographer, educator and food-biased-gardener based in Oakland, CA. After growing up in the Bay Area she accidentally developed a severe photographic habit while studying with Stephen Shore and Larry Fink at Bard College, in Annandale, NY. After completing her B.F.A. in 1996 Johnna worked on an educational farm in slightly-upstate New York and traveled with Bread and Puppet (a political puppet theater in Vermont). Upon her return to the Bay Area Johnna returned to her studies gaining a more well-rounded arts education and earning her Masters in Fine Arts from Mills College in 2005. Johnna received a Murphy- Cadogan fellowship award, a Juror’s award from Alison Gass of S.F. MoMA, is part of the Alameda County Art’s Registry, the BayVAN Registry, and has been a SECA Art-Award nominee. Johnna has taught and created curricula for many aspects of photography- from the pinhole camera to Digital Photography at Mills College, Sprout Creek Farm, and presently at Rayko Photography in San Francisco. Her artwork has been shown multiple places including the Oakland International Airport, Headlands Center for the Arts, Mills College, UNESCO Paris, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, S.F. MoMA Artist’s Gallery, and S.F. Camerawork. (johnnaarnold.com | traywick.com/gallery/arnold). Read more about Johnna Arnold on the Crafted at RayKo blog.

Carlos Arrieta is a Commercial/Fashion photographer based in unpredictable San Francisco. His past clients range from small clothing designers and retail chains to high-end video gaming companies to the unique and peculiar individual. He is also invested in local artist development through consultation and tech aid through photographic, audio, and web representation.

Jo Babcock has worked with pinhole and plastic cameras for over thirty years. He is best known for his VW Van Camera and for his book, The Invented Camera. Babcock is an Associate Professor of Art at the Academy of Art University here in San Francisco where he teaches Photo History and Alternative Processes in Photography.

Tim Baskerville, B.F.A., received his degree in photography and liberal arts from the University of San Francisco. He has been photographing at night for more than 25 years, and currently teaches night photography at College of Marin, and ViewPoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento. He has taught at UC Berkeley Extension, UC Santa Cruz, the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, and has conducted annual workshops with Lance Keimig in the West of Ireland. He has written articles about Night Photography for Camera and Darkroom, the Friends of Photography with Nazraeli Press, and Photo Metro magazine. Baskerville originally curated The Nocturnes, a Night Photography exhibit, in 1991, and founded the Web site – www.thenocturnes.com – in 1996. His work has received many awards, and has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions internationally.

Elizabeth Bernstein is an artist, educator, and gallery director who lives in Oakland, CA. In addition to being visiting faculty in the photography department at the San Francisco Art Institute, she is the Co-Director of Royal NoneSuch Gallery, an alternative project space, established in 2009. She is a photographer whose work examines the visual language of our daily lives, and how it communicates our complex emotional and psychological landscape. Select exhibitions include Swarm Gallery in Oakland, Five Points Arthouse in San Francisco, and Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, MA.

Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik is an artist and writer based in San Francisco with a B.A. in Studio Art from Scripps College and M.A./M.F.A candidacy in Visual and Critical Studies and Interdiscipliniary Art at the California College of the Arts. She has exhibited her work at venues such as Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SOMArts, Whitman College, and Root Division. She is the art editor for Hyphen magazine, a founding member of the 24hourshow art collective, and a board member at Kearny Street Workshop. With an extensive background in marketing and event production, Sita has worked with Dwell, Maker Faire, and Wired magazine and is known to throw a killer party. (sitabhaumik.com). Read more about Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik on the Crafted at RayKo blog.

Sarah Christianson is a veteran of numerous portfolio reviews, some bad and some really good. Through these events, her work has been selected for several national exhibitions in addition to being given a book publishing contract for her first monograph, due out in Fall 2013. She received her MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2009.

Denise Fuson comes to photography relatively late in life, not as a career, but as an intrepid explorer of the world, gathering glimpses and the feeling of a moment in time. In using film, pixels, papers, emulsions, and hand applied colors, she enjoys capturing her observations in daylight and moonlight for output in digital color, B&W printing and emulsion transfers. She is an artist in RayKo’s Marketplace Gallery where a selection of her work is available for purchase.

Erika Gentry is a Visual Artist and Educator. She specializes in digital imaging, photography, education, multi media arts and fine art printing in the Bay Area. An early advocate of the creative digital domain, she has been teaching and presenting electronic arts and photography at the institutional, organizational and individual levels nationwide since 1996 and has been a consultant to many of the industry’s leading professional photographers as they converted from film to a digital workflow. She has taught one-on-one and group courses at corporations and colleges such as The Rochester Institute of Technology, The SF Art Institute, Foothill College, and RayKo Photo Center. She is currently as Associate Professor at City College of San Francisco. Gentry grew up in Portland, Oregon and received her B.A. from The School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She completed her M.F.A. at The School of Imaging Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her personal photographic projects explore issues of identity as expressed through the use of technology. She exhibits her art work internationally and serves on the the National Board of Directors for The Society for Photographic Education and the advisory board of Lensculture Magazine. (erikagentry.com)

Chris Hardy comes from the world of photojournalism. He worked as a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times, coming to San Francisco to work at the San Francisco Examiner, shooting food and fashion for their Sunday magazine, and finally at the San Francisco Chronicle. He now teaches lighting at the Academy of Art University. His photos have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Life, and other publications, also in books and on album covers.

Victoria Heilweil is a nationally exhibited fine art photographer. For the past 15
years she has taught photography and design classes at colleges including California
College of the Arts, City College of San Francisco, Art Center College of Design and
California State University, Fullerton. Victoria also has over 8 years of experience
teaching photography to children and teens at an arts based summer camp, a middle
school summer arts program, and at a community arts program. Victoria received a Masters in Photography from California College of the Arts, and
is a mom to a funny and inquisitive 6-year-old daughter.

André Hermann is a San Francisco bay area documentary photographer and full time educator at the Academy of Art University who got his first taste of documentary photography at a young age exploring and photographing abandoned houses in the High Desert town of Lancaster, California. His fascination with these domestic remnants grew into a life-long passion for documenting the lives of people. He has covered many diverse social topics, from homeless metal thieves, rare diseases, and food justice to underground dining events in the city. His fascination for street photography and the iPhone has grown into a love affair that has spawn an occult following on Instagram, a city-wide book project and an exploration into combining old historical processes with new technologies to challenge the viewer’s understanding of what photography still is and what it has become. Read more about André Hermann on the Crafted at RayKo blog.

Audrey Jones received her B.F.A. in Photography at the University of Georgia in Athens. She has had multiple shows throughout Georgia and California. After graduating, she worked in New York City in various photography studios and businesses. Since moving to the Bay Area she has been teaching photography classes at a studio in the East Bay, as well running its facilities. She also coordinates the classes at RayKo and is one of RayKo’s Darkroom staff members. She is currently working on a project documenting residents living on the Oakland waterfront. Read more about Audrey Jones on the Crafted at RayKo blog.

Hiroyo Kaneko is a photographer currently based in San Francisco, CA. She was born in Aomori, Japan, received her M.F.A. from the SF Art Institute and a B.A. in French Literature from Maiji Gakuin University, Tokyo. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S. and Japan at spaces including the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo and the San Francisco MoMA. Kaneko is a recipient of the Santa Fe Prize for Photography 2009 and honorably mentioned in an International Photo Competition Celebrating En Foco's 35th Anniversary, 2009.

Robert Kato has been capturing fine art photography images for over three decades. His formal art education has provided him with a strong foundation in the art of seeing and visual communication. His photographic journey began soon after he developed his first roll of film and watched his first print "magically" appear in the developer tray. That magic reappeared with the advent of digital photography and Photoshop. Photoshop helped to satisfy his unfulfilled ambition of becoming a serious painter. Now, the stylus has become his brush, and the monitor his canvas. The final realization of his photographic imagery is created using alternative and traditional digital printmaking techniques. Presently, he works as a post-production consultant, master digital printmaker, and educator. His formal training was at the Art Center College of Design. His photographs have been acquired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and he is currently represented by Modernbook Gallery, San Francisco.

Sam Manera is a practicing artist who is currently attending the SF Art Institute. Sam’s mediums of choice include film/video, photography, kinetic sculpture, and interactive media installations. He specializes in alternative techniques and mixing of mediums. Sam’s work has been displayed in several galleries in San Francisco and Marfa, Texas, as well as a Video Arts show in Moscow, Russia.

Kurt Manley is a Bay Area native fine art and freelance photographer. He works in all areas of photography from traditional darkroom printing to shooting and processing digitally. His work has been featured in San Francisco Magazine, Refinery 29, and other publications, as well as having appeared in dozens of gallery shows and private collections. See more at www.kurtmanley.com.

Bob Nishihira has been a full-time photography instructor at CCSF since 1999. Before that he owned a commercial photography business for 18 years where he did advertising, annual report, and editorial photography. His clients included Callaway Golf, Chrysler Pacifica, Fujitsu, IBM, and Qualcomm. He has won Awards of Excellence in CA Magazine and Print Magazine as well as ASMP's Gold Award for commercial photography and AIGA Homburg Awards.

Rachel Phillips has spent many late nights and long weekends exploring ways to unify traditional photographic and art-making techniques with new technologies. Rachel uses the pigment print transfer process for her series Fieldnotes: photographs printed on to vintage envelopes. Fieldnotes is included in Photolucida's 2010 Critical Mass Top 50, and pieces from the series have been published in COLOR Magazine and widely exhibited nationally. In addition to photography, Rachel works in the San Francisco Bay Area teaching dyslexic children to read. More about her art can be found at www.RachelPhillipsPhotography.com. To find out more about her transfer printing process visit www.vimeo.com/rachelphillips/transfer.

Moshe Quinn explores matters of silence, traces, and substance in urban environments. Over the past ten years, he has shown in galleries and museums in Japan, Korea, and throughout the United States. His photographs have garnered awards from the collector Paul Sack in San Francisco and from Asher Miller of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. A large-scale series of his photographs resides in the collection of the University of San Francisco, the result of a commission of new work. Various private collections include his work as well. In 2006, he received an MFA in Photography from the SF Art Institute. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.

Beb C. Reynol is a documentary photographer, and freelance photojournalist working for social change, primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He worked for AINA Media, a French NGO based in Kabul; coordinated and assisted Afghan photojournalists with a UNICEF anti-child-labor photo project; created Forced Destiny, a documentary which garnered international media attention, including a feature on a Canadian national broadcasting television program for Radio-Canada. Beb is represented in part by the World Picture Network (WPN). Beb’s work on the front lines in Afghanistan, and other parts of the world gives him a rare perspective on creating powerful images while collaborating with international NGO’s. deltageographic.com.

Meghann Riepenhoff earned her B.F.A. in Photography from the University of Georgia and her M.F.A. from the SF Art Institute. Riepenhoff has lectured with The SF Photo Alliance, the SF Art Institute, The Headlands Center for Research, and has hosted workshops on the value of photography for at-risk youth. She exhibits on both coasts and abroad, and recently had a solo exhibition at IDEAL in Calgary, following a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Riepenhoff was featured in the HOME catalog published by Root Division in SF and in El Petit Journal in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, received the Ann Bremer Memorial Artists’ Book Award, and was honorably mentioned in the Paul Sack Photography Competition. She is the studio assistant and bookbinder for Michael Light Studios and teaches at the SF Art Institute.

Shawn Tamaribuchi holds a BFA in Photography and Digital Media from Scripps College, and has completed studies at the Glasgow School of Art. For the past six years she has worked as a creative director, print and web production artist, web developer and manager. Her artistic interests reside in the realm of digital-media and experimental performance art, and her performances and visual work has been seen locally, nationally, and internationally. Just some of the projects Tamaribuchi has been involved with include: The 24hourshow art collective, the Visibility Project, twincest, and Readjust Economies of Desire. Shawn is invited to lecture at universities and festivals about the politics of representation through the lenses of feminist, queer, and racial theories. She is currently the marketing and web manager at RayKo. See her work at Liarphoto.com. Read more about Shawn Tamribuchi on the Crafted at RayKo blog.

Barry Umstead is proud of his distinction of being the oldest instructor at RayKo. While it’s not true that he was Louis Daguerre’s kindergarten teacher, he has studied with someone who studied with someone who studied with W. Eugene Smith. He has been making black and white photographs since most of his students were knee-high to a grasshopper. After all these years, he is still truly, madly, deeply in love with the art form and is dedicated to spreading his love far and wide.

David H. Wells is a freelance documentary photographer and photo-educator based in Providence, Rhode Island. He specializes in inter-cultural communications and the use of light and shadow to enhance visual narratives. David’s “Light Studies” have appeared in a wide range of exhibitions and publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer Sunday Magazine and Rhode Island Monthly. He has received two Fulbright Fellowships, a grant from Nikon/N.P.P.A. and a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. His work has been shown around the world in over fifty exhibitions and publications including American Photographer, Camera and Darkroom, Camera Arts and Zoom. He has taught workshops at the International Center for Photography in NYC and the Maine Media Workshops. David recently launched an online educational tool with video podcasts and other useful information for photographers called “The Wells Point”. (thewellspoint.com | davidhwells.com)

Greg Wilson has 30 years of picture framing experience. For the last 22 years he has been a picture framer at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He has prepared exhibitions for Robert Adams, John Szarkowski, Diane Arbus, Lewis Carroll, Carleton Watkins, Larry Sultan, Ansel Adams, and Daido Moriyama. Greg also enjoys making photograms in the RayKo darkroom. (gregwilsonportfolio.com). Read more about Greg Wilson on the Crafted at RayKo blog.

Cody Williams' photographic interests are centered around environmental science and social issues, though his identity and work have lead him down many different paths. He studied at the International Photography School Spéos in Paris, France for a European Master's in Photojournalism. Cody is an experienced fine art printer, studio and location shooter, scanner, editor, mixed-media crafter and world traveler. ()

Sabrina Wong is a photographer and filmmaker based in San Francisco. Her love for visual storytelling and shooting people (with her camera) often leads her on unexpected but fun adventures. Sabrina is currently working on a documentary project about her grandfather, and also freelances as a commercial, wedding, and portrait photographer. (sabrinawongphoto.com | vimeo.com/sabrinawong)

Christine Zona was the first staff photographer for the Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland. She worked there for 4 years until she elected to pursue freelance photography in the artistic city of San Francisco. Christine currently teaches flash photography and leads an analogue camera meet-up group. Over the past 4 years she has studied under National Geographic Photographer, Raul Touzon, and is a producer for his instructional photography workshops. These workshops range from brief weekend flash sessions to intensive week long on-location documentary workshops. In the SF Chronicle's 2010 Best of the BayList, Christine won third place for Best Portrait Photography. Her work has been featured in two solo shows and was exhibited in four international juried competitions. Her compositions won First Place in Lomography’s “Wanderlust” Photo Competition and have been published by Four Corners Dark Magazine and Films & Grains Magazine. Read more about Christine Zona on the Crafted at RayKo blog.


Connie Begg is a fine art photographer specializing in alternative photographic processes. She received a M.F.A from Mills College in Oakland, CA and maintains an art studio and darkroom in the Bayview district of SF. Her photographs can be found in many private collections and have been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

Jeanne Hauser local SF photographer, just published 7 Squared 49 Pictures of San Francisco depicting iconic images of San Francisco shot entirely with a Holga plastic camera. She shows her work regularly at the City Art Gallery in the Mission and is a marketplace photographer at RayKo.

Johanna Case-Hofmeister believes there is nothing better than a large negative made by a view camera, especially a color negative used to make a huge print. After mastering the basics, she has spent days, years, trying out new ways of shooting with this typically thought of stationary studio camera by taking it wherever she goes. As if the camera were a really fast expensive car, she's always trying to push it. As a result, she thinks there's still a lot to learn and benefit from these amazing cameras and traditional practices. She has a B.F.A. in Photography from S.U.N.Y. Purchase and is a former RayKo staff member.

Mary Celojko is the Darkroom Manager/Co-Director of the RayKo Photo Center as well as a Lab Supervisor at City College of San Francisco’s Photography Department. She received a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art with an emphasis in Color Photography. She has been actively working in the photography field, and her work has been exhibited regularly for 10 years.

Bill Daniel has been documenting American subcultures starting with the Texas skate/punk scene in the early 1980s. His film on the history of hobo graffiti, Who is Bozo Texino? has screened in over 350 venues world wide, most recently at the MoMA. A confirmed tramp, Daniel tours continually, setting up screenings and one-night art shows across the US. He blames Black Flag for his van-based nomadicism.Bill Daniel has exhibited film, photography and installation work at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Sweets Lounge, Biloxi, MS; The New Museum, New York; Wayward Council, Gainesville, FL; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; 24/7 House, Columbus, OH; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Beehive Collective, Machias, ME; Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis; Sky High Skateboards, Milwaukee, WI; IFFR, Rotterdam; OKC Infoshop, Oklahoma City; Redcat, Los Angeles; Moose Lodge #1735, Austin, TX; Deitch Projects, New York; Railroad Blues, Alpine, TX; Sluggos, Pensacola, FL; The Smell, Los Angeles; Plan B, New Orleans.

Janet Delaney received her MFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is the recipient of three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Phelan Award. Her work is in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has been published and exhibited both locally and internationally. Ms Delaney has taught photography for 25 years. From 2000 to 2010, she held a full time position in the Visual Studies program at the University of California at Berkeley. She has recently begun to curate exhibitions and continues to work as a freelance architectural and editorial photographer. Her artwork has involved complex documentary projects about urban redevelopment and civil war, personal abstract narratives about family life and wilderness as a state of mind.

Pablo Haz has always been fascinated with art, even as a child. His interest and creativity ultimately led him to earn a BFA from CSU Hayward and he went on to a graduate program at Ohio State University. After studying graphic design, he embarked on a long professional career in design and illustration in the publishing field. He continues to work on design and illustration projects on a freelance basis. Pablo also teachs art classes, in both traditional and digital media, at Diablo Valley College and San Ramon Valley College.

Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master printer and teacher. She has traveled the world, photographing, writing and teaching everything from photography to physics and biology (in Swedish of all languages!). Ann works with large format photography and traditional black and white materials as well as non-silver processes and historical techniques. Her photographs are primarily self-portraits and portraits that explore relationships and all their intricacies. She is currently splitting her time between San Francisco, where she works as the gallery director at Rayko Photo Center, and Los Angeles where she is printing vintage negatives for the Motion Picture Academy. Ann also teaches photography courses at the Maine Photographic Workshops.

Lance Keimig is a photographer based in Pembroke, Massachusetts who is best known for night photography of the built environment. His book, Night Photography: Finding Your Way In The Dark was published by Focal Press in July of 2010. Keimig is the curator of Darkness, Darkness, a traveling exhibit of Night Photography and also director of the Three Columns Gallery at Harvard University. He has taught at the New England School of Photography in Boston since 2000, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, and also leads workshops across the country. Keimig founded the Mono Lake Photo Workshops in 2003, and is also a co-founder of The Nocturnes Night Photography Workshops in San Francisco. Since 2001, Keimig has led annual photo tours to Ireland and Scotland.

Colleen Mulvey holds a BFA in photography from The College of St. Rose in Albany NY and a MFA in Printmaking from the SF Art Institute. She makes work in a variety of media, using the photographic image as a conceptual starting point. Her work has been shown at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo NY, The Opalka Gallery in Albany NY, The Annex in NYC, and Red Ink Studios in San Francisco. Her work has also recently been published in Zyzzyva, Volume XXIII, No. 1. Colleen’s recent work employs the digital negative to create multi-layered, alternative process compositions.

Mia Nakano is an artist, activist, teacher, and perpetual student. Nakano has honed her skills working on international and national photography projects primarily focused on creating visibility in the queer community. The intent behind many of her images is to create a politicized commentary on race, gender, sexuality, and the environment. Her work has been published in Hyphen Magazine, Curve, Colorlines, and she has contributed to numerous publications and organizations throughout the U.S. Mia is passionate about creating social justice through media, and equally as passionate about cooking and eating. She's loves everything from digital to historic processes, and yes, she still shoots with film. (mianakano.com | visibilityproject.org)

Heather Perin is a graduate of Sonoma State University with a Fine Art degree in Photography. She has worked in the professional photography industry for over ten years helping photographers learn, adapt and continually deliver the highest quality of imagery. She decided to pursue her passion of creating images and opened Retromatic Studio in 2005, which specializes in wedding, portrait and fashion photography.

Unai San Martin was born 1964 in the Basque country, Spain, into a family with a long tradition of artisans and gun makers. His father's book collecting inspired Unai's interest in fields related to books publishing, printmaking and photography. San Martin began his artistic endeavors as a painter, and lived in the south of Spain during his military service. His first solo show in was France, and he exhibited colorful, abstract paintings inspired by the light of Seville. In 1989, San Martin moved to London, where he made his first prints, etchings and woodcuts. After being introduced to photography, he attended the Pratt Institute in NYC. Shortly after, San Martin moved to Madrid to work as a printer and plate-maker. In 1998 he relocated to the SF Bay Area. He is a working artist, teacher, printer, and plate-maker for many artists. His work is represented in many museums and collections, such as Museo Reina Sofia of Madrid, Spain, and in 2002 he won the national printmaking competition in Spain.

Kira Sugarman-Shemano is a working/exhibiting photographer and educator living in San Francisco, California. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography, NYC and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She worked as a Museum Educator at the International Center of Photography and is currently working with the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Kira has worked as an educator of youth and adults at organizations like, Out of Site, Wornick Jewish Day School, Turtle Rock Institute, RayKo Photo Center and the JCC San Francisco. Teaching keeps her engaged and inspired. Her work has been included in numerous group shows in New York City and San Francisco.

John Torrente began his career as an overnight outreach worker, scouring Manhattan and the five boroughs of New York City for runaways and other youth living on the street. After a year living and working in San Francisco, he grabbed his camera and backpack and set out to photograph the people of the world. For the past decade he has been living around the globe, conceptualizing and producing humanitarian photography projects. He has worked with the Chinese Cultural Center in Beijing, the Landless Farmers Movement in Brazil, families of tsunami victims in India, earthquake survivors in Peru and a host of other groups. He is just back from Oaxaca, Mexico where he put together a book about his photographs and the stories that surround them.