International Street Photography Festival
ONCE A YEAR, STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE COME TO SAN FRANCISCO
Event Dates: June 4, 2018 – June 10, 2018
The 3rd annual StreetFoto San Francisco will be coming to HMPC June 4-10. StreertFoto is the world’s largest street photography festival, drawing visitors from around the globe and contest entrants from 60 different countries. Join us for amazing exhibitions of award-winning international street photography, workshops taught by accomplished photographers, lectures and slideshows by well-known practitioners of the craft, and no fewer than eight photowalks around San Francisco’s most shootable neighborhoods.
StreetFoto is all about exhibitions, and in 2018 we’ll have more than ever, in locations throughout the city. From group shows to solo exhibitions, our aim is to make your eyes bleed. Keep your eyes on this space for more information.
Since our founding in 2016, people have traveled in from around the globe to teach and learn street photography at StreetFoto San Francisco. Take a look at our workshops for 2018. Joining one (or two!) will be the highlight of your festival experience.
Want an honest opinion and helpful criticism? Let a seasoned, impartial veteran spend a half hour with your best work. We’ll be doing reviews the weekend of June 8-10, and by appointment earlier in the week. Details forthcoming.
This may be what we do best. Every year we host free photowalks every day of the festival in different neighborhoods throughout the city, and we get fantastic feedback about them. This year we’re adding more. We’ll have the signup page ready soon.
Advice for visitors
How to Get Around
Walk: San Francisco is small, and big parts of it are not all that hilly. Walking is the best way to see and photograph a place, and we hope to see a lot of you on the streets in June.
Transit : The City has decent public transportation. The best way to figure it out is by asking Google Maps for directions to a place by transit. You’ll generally be within a couple of blocks of a bus or streetcar stop. In fact, there is a trolly stop right outside Harvey Milk Photo Center, our main venue, and this line will carry you to any of our other exhibition venues.
Cable Cars: For tourists only.
Uber / Lyft: If you are in a hurry, these apps will have a car at the curb within minutes, and are very reasonably priced. For an even cheaper ride, try Uber Pool or Lyft Line, which let the driver pick up and drop off other passengers on the way to your destination. You can even use these apps to get a ride from the airport into town.
Taxis : Compared to most places, this city has quite a few taxis. While they are a bit more expensive than Uber and Lyft, you can count on experienced and reliable drivers. Taxis also get to use special lanes that allow then to get around more quickly.
Driving: We don’t recommend it. Parking and traffic can make this a difficult option. It’s not impossible, but if you do drive, we recommend parking for the day and getting around other ways.
Many of you will be traveling in from afar. We recommend that you book a place to stay as soon as possible, as San Francisco can get very crowded in the summer.
We recommend Metro Hotel, a comfortable, reasonably priced boutique hotel very close to the festival. If you can’t find a room available for all the nights you need, give them a call and they may be able to let you switch rooms midway through your visit.
Airbnb is a popular option in San Francisco. There are also several reasonably-priced hostels for those on a budget.
If you find something outside the city, you will be able to take BART, our regional subway, to come into San Francisco.
Things Photographers Should See
Pier 24 : This private photography museum is amazing. To visit, reservations are required. Book your spot and visit this beautiful shrine to our art.
De Young Museum : San Francisco’s largest fine arts museum always has a good photography exhibit.
SFMOMA: The City’s museum of modern art is home to the largest space for photographic exhibition in the United States.
Places to Shoot
We’ll show you all over town with our free photowalks, but if you’re itching to go it alone (as a lot of us are), find lots of people on the streets in these areas:
- Market Street from Civic Center to the Embarcadero
- Union Square
- Financial District
- Haight Street near Golden Gate Park on 6/10 (for the Haight Street Fair)