Fun With Film: Highlights From SF Camerawork’s First Exposures Program

The latest edition of our collaboration with SF Camerawork and their First Exposures program features the photographic work of Marcus Wong and Llara Eslava. Marcus, 18, recently graduated from School of the Arts and is heading to San Francisco State University this fall. We wish him the best of luck in life and photography!

The below photographs were captured by 14 year old Llara Eslava, who joined First Exposures two years ago after attending the Tenderloin Afterschool Program. This year a double exposure image by her and Mariana Castro was selected as a collector print for Camerawork’s fine print program.

Client Spotlight: Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman, whose work is featured here, was there at the beginning of The Rolling Stone Magazine. Wolman’s lens captured the royalty of the ’60s pop and rock explosion: Janis Joplin, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Iggy Pop, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, Phil Spector, Jim Morrison, Ike & Tina Turner, Tim Leary, and a motley cast of hangers-on.

Dickerman Prints is honored to work closely with this cultural icon. Below is a tiny sampling from his prolific career.

Seascapes • Photograph by Jamie Mchugh


Jamie Mchugh, photographer

McHugh’s tight crops and unusual points of view of the spectacular Sonoma Coast tidal zone produce remarkable abstractions. Photographing in the sun’s final hour also brings an otherworldly quality to the naturally rich textures, colors and forms of the environment.

The wonderfully lyrical nature of McHugh’s photographic work is related to his other passions. An instructor in dance and movement, as well as photography, for more than 30 years, McHugh strives to “capture life happening during the pause between exhale and inhale,” as he says.

His award-winning photos have been exhibited throughout California to critical acclaim.

It All Came so Close to Never Happening

It All Came So Close to Never Happening


Anthony Kurtz presented a pair of intertwined photographic stories where the outcomes of human uprisings, or the lack thereof, result in a futuristic portrayal of a world gone wrong. Through romanticized, dark, bold and evocative imagery, Kurtz blurs the line between fiction and reality while drawing on themes of marginalization, conformity, mass-privatization and environmental degradation.

One photographic story, The Human Uprising, follows the mass mobilization of common men becoming modern-day heroes in a struggle of ideals and power. It is a tale of solidarity, resistance, revolution and of a common realization that the future of mankind is at stake.

Concurrently, The World of Tomorrow presents a possible aftermath: a romantic and haunting vision of a post-apocalyptic future seen through the lens of stormy skies, deserted cities and abandoned industry.

Together, the images presented in It All Came So Close to Never Happening read like cinematic stills or panels from a graphic novel: a hyperrealistic view of the world that contains a sense of mystery, sadness, beauty and romanticism.

To create this alternate reality, Kurtz digitally retouches his original photos by playing with shadow, light and color to form a vibrant mix of documentary and fine art. The resulting images challenge viewers to understand the human condition in modern times and decide if they should be concerned or fascinated by this possible glimpse into our society’s future.

Outsourced and Abandoned: Schlage Lock 2009

Outsourced and Abandoned: Schlage Lock 2009


Architectural photographer Henrik Kam has shot around the world. In Outsourced and Abandoned, Mr. Kam transcends the physical subject to limn rarefied aesthetic properties and create images of unexpected beauty.