Marking Time

September 26 – October 26

20th Anniversary Exhibition of the Bay Area Photographers Collective

BAPC participating artists include 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, and Nick Winkworth. A special section of the exhibit will also feature works from BAPC founders.

What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers everything, long after you have forgotten everything. – Aaron Siskind

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. 

One definition of marking time is to march in place – which requires stopping a forward trajectory while also remaining in action. Marking time is not passive, but rather creates a position from which to strategically observe the world in motion. For photographers, identifying a subject and making compositional decisions can happen quickly, or take months to set up, but slicing through time with a click of the shutter happens in an instant. Life captured. Pin dropped. 

Each photographer in this exhibition is a visual storyteller, and has marked time by taking a dynamic role in defining a moment, a perfect moment. Members’ works take viewers to a New Orleans cemetery, fields in California’s Central Valley, and the streets of Mexico City. We meet elders from India, transit riders in San Francisco, dancers at a recital, and gamers at play. There are panoramic images that slice a scene into fragments that physically reflect time and speed, and abstract works created with fast shutter speeds followed by slow, sculptural manipulations of the resulting prints. 

It is truly remarkable that this artists’ collective has not only endured, but thrived for twenty years. It’s my honor to have worked with every member to curate this anniversary exhibition.

Meg Shiffler
August 2019

Exhibit Dates: September 26 – October 26

Opening Reception: September 26, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Curator: Meg Shiffler

Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center Gallery     50 Scott Street, San Francisco

Gallery Hours: Tues 3-9:30, Wed 5-9:30, Thurs 3-9:30, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm (closed Mon & Fri)

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The Bay Area Photographers Collective is a community of photographers who nurture each other’s professional and artistic growth 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. 

*image:  composite image (produced by Anthony)