Mar 24th 2015 Posted in: Blog 1

Pier 24 Bay Area Photography Exhibits

We like to think that our photography exhibitions at The Image Flow and Gallery 291 are some of the best in the Bay Area, but you should check these five amazing exihibitions too!

Mar 17th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Lightroom, Workshops 2

Lightroom workshop

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is designed to make everything about digital photography easier. Many photographers, from amateur to professional, have put Lightroom at the center of their digital imaging workflow. Whether your photos are from that “trip of a lifetime,” or for a paying client, Lightroom offers a suite of tools and editing system for your most important work. And—the Develop module in Lightroom has even replaced the need to use Photoshop to process most images made with modern digital cameras. This is an essential program for photographers on the go.

In her Lightroom workshop, Taralynn Lawton shows you how to automatically embed your name and copyright information in each of your photos during import, and how to delete images in batches—a great way to get rid of out-of-focus or otherwise unusable images, without having to delete them one by one.

Taralynn also shows you how to take advantage of Smart Previews, so that you can store your images on an external drive, and still access them with the Develop module, even if the external drive isn’t attached. Once the external drive is plugged back in, Lightroom will automatically sync any changes you made while the file was offline. This feature wasn’t available until Lightroom 5, and is a valuable new feature for photographers who travel!

Mar 13th 2015 Posted in: Blog 0

Constance Chu The Image Flow

Constance Chu, the newest member of The Image Flow team, has a PhD in psychology with an emphasis in neuroscience and her most recent job was working with autistic kids doing applied behavioral analysis. So what is she doing at The Flow you ask? No, she’s not developing a new darkroom process—yet.

“Photography is my passion!” she says. “I want to be immersed in photography. I want to be around it all the time.”

Mar 10th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Gary Yost, Selected Artists 0

Gary Yost to Premier Mt Tamalpais film, Featuring the Work of Artist Genna Panzarella

Photographer and filmmaker Gary Yost will present a series of short films at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts including the premier of his new project, Mountains Made of Chalk, Fall into the Sea, Eventually The film features the work of artist Genna Panzarella, who paints a 10-foot-wide mural of Mt. Tamalpais as it was when it was whole—literally inside what used to be the mountaintop. The film will premier with Gary’s new series about Mill Valley at a special event at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts on Thursday, April 2 at 7PM.

Mar 3rd 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 0

Anthony Fendler Catherine Karnow exhibition-quality printing Vietnam retrospective

Photographer Catherine Karnow has made a name for herself shooting surprising and thought-provoking images of Vietnam since 1990. Her new retrospective will open at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong March 9.

Catherine is well known in Vietnam: She began shooting in the country in 1990, and calls the late General Giap a personal friend. In 1994, she was the only foreign journalist invited to accompany him privately to Dien Bien Phu, the site of the battle that won Vietnam independence from the French.

Feb 17th 2015 Posted in: Alternative Process, Featured Posts, Workshops 3

toned cyanotype coburn

There are very few opportunities to study the alternative photographic processes like gum bichromate, platinum/palladium, or wet plate collodion printing—especially in the west. The Image Flow brings together the world’s best photographers and instructors to teach these processes on a rotating schedule.

“For anybody interested in the alternative processes, it’s a rare opportunity to learn them,” said Ed Carey, owner of Gallery 291 and the alternative process workshop liaison at The Image Flow.

Feb 10th 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers, Workshops 0

Working out of Ramses Fiat Lunch Box All the photo gear on the roof

Jock McDonald went to Cuba for the first time in 1990 with Bernardo Gonzalez, the son of Mexican Minister of Culture Juan Francisco Gonzalez. The elder Gonzalez had had become somewhat of a mentor to Jock on Latin American culture after giving him his first retrospective show in Mexico. “Juan Francisco said to me, ‘You’ll never understand Latin America if you don’t understand Cuba,’” Jock recalls.

“But he said, ‘I’m not going, I’m married. I’m going to have my son take you.’ I will never forget the look in his son’s eyes, the look that said, ‘I’m not taking a gringo to Cuba!’” Jock laughs.

Since 1990, photographer he has made some 50 trips to Cuba. What keeps him coming back, are the friendships he has found.

Feb 3rd 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Lectures, Photographers 0

Evelyn at the well, Lbaa Onyokia

This month, The Face of Water, a series of portraits by Rudi Dundas that tells the stories of people affected by the lack of clean drinking water, opens at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco. On February 26, Rudi will give a lecture about the images at The Image Flow.

Jan 16th 2015 Posted in: Blog 0

We regret to announce that BorrowLenses has made a corporate decision, solely for economic reasons, to discontinue using The Image Flow as a pick up location.

This service has been a great convenience to many of our customers over the years. The Image Flow is happy to assist our clients who are renting equipment from BorrowLenses by making our office available for FedEx deliveries. With your notification, we will sign for packages and hold them until you can pick them up. However, since we are no longer affiliated with BorrowLenses, we will not be able to process any paperwork or be held responsible for packages.

If you have any questions about BorrowLenses’s new policy, please email

Jan 13th 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Kids Workshops, Tips & Techniques 0

Hillary Sloss Digital Photography for Youth

How can we let our kids be kids, to see the way kids see, while still teaching them something about photography? Hillary Sloss is a veteran photojournalist based in Marin County and a digital and film photography instructor at the San Francisco Waldorf High School. Her new class, Digital Photography for Youth, is designed especially to encourage young people to explore their world through photography.

The idea is, she says, to help young photographers create beautiful images that are youthful, but not childish. “It’s important to give young photographers enough so that they can advance their photographic skills, without inundating them too many rules,” says Hillary.

Jan 6th 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 2

Catherine Karnow Art of Photographing People

Acclaimed National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow will present her lecture “The Art of Photographing People” on February 5 at The Image Flow, and a workshop in March. Known for her photographs of people, here, she discusses her teaching style, her existential search for “home,” and what drives her to keep on shooting.

“No matter whether I’m shooting on location or in a workshop, I have the faith that the magic will always happen,” she says.

Dec 22nd 2014 Posted in: Blog 0

The Image Flow Holiday Hours

We hope you have a warm and wonderful holiday and a happy new year!

Please note our special holiday hours:
Wednesday December 24, 10AM – 2PM
Thursday December 25—Sunday December 28, Closed
Wednesday December 31, 10AM – 2PM
Thursday January 1—Sunday January 4, Closed

Nov 21st 2014 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 0

Larry Davidson Burnt Door Digital Printing

You could say that Larry Davidson “discovered” photography as a young boy helping out his commercial photographer father. “I worked in his lab, and there was always a camera around the house when I was growing up,” Larry said.

In high school Larry and his friends built a darkroom in his garage from the spare parts they cobbled together from his father’s business in order to start a business of their own doing odd photography projects around town. But it wasn’t until later, when he took a few photography classes in college and also discovered Ansel Adams’s work that he says photography became something he could enjoy, just for the sake of it.

Larry’s work has since evolved from black and white landscapes, to bright and colorful architectural photography, to the vibrant abstract work he is now known for.

Nov 18th 2014 Posted in: Featured Posts, Selected Artists 0

Margot Hartford teaching encaustics

Working with encaustics began as a hobby for Margot Hartford, but now she is selling her pieces in four different galleries across San Francisco and on her website. She also teaches a popular workshop at The Image Flow.

“People like the process—they get into it. It’s tactile, easy, there’s nothing to learn. Anybody can do encaustics—that’s the beauty of it,” she said.

Nov 7th 2014 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers, Selected Prints 0

Fran Meckler salt mine Uganda social documentary

Fran Meckler has worked as a health educator for over 20 years, but says she always had an interest in photography. It wasn’t until after her daughters were grown, however, that she took her first photography class. “I wanted to do more than just go out and take pictures—I wanted to know what I was doing,” she says.

Since that first class, Fran has taken dozens of photography workshops and continuing education classes. A decade or so ago, she was introduced to social documentary photography by her friend Nancy Farese.

“Nancy had just taken a workshop in Uganda. When she told me about it, I thought, ‘This is it! I’ve found my calling!’” Fran has always wanted to help people help themselves, and through PhotoPhilanthropy—a term coined by Nancy and the name of Nancy’s organization—Fran found that she could combine her love of photography and passion for travel and global community service.

Nov 3rd 2014 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Interviews, Photographers 3

Jens Closer Hendrik Paul landscape photographer

Hendrik Paul straddles two worlds: He grew up in Mill Valley, CA, where he took his first photography class in eighth grade. He spent his free time hiking on Mount Tamalpais and soaking up the northern California landscape, but his roots are firmly planted on a 500-year-old farm in Germany.

“It’s such a different life from how we live, this small farming community, living off the land. The men went out and did the field work and the women did the cooking. It’s still quite antiquated compared to California or America,” says Hendrik.

Oct 31st 2014 Posted in: Blog, Photographers, Selected Artists 0

Heal! Veterans and Their Service Dogs Travis Runnels

Photographer Vicki Topaz launched HEAL to tell the stories of these veterans and their canine companions. She began her portrait series, HEAL! Veterans & Their Service Dogs in 2012, in which veterans discuss the challenges they face after returning home, the perils of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the healing power of the human-canine bond.

Oct 17th 2014 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers 1

iphone photographer michelle grenier

Photographer Michelle Grenier says she’s devoted a significant amount of time to mastering her Canon 5D, but at the end of the day, she really prefers shooting with her iPhone.

“Sometimes my favorite shots have been ones that I’ve literally had to run to catch. I feel a certain instinct, and there’s a thrill that I feel when I catch something special. I think the best work comes out of spontaneity and a passion for your surroundings,” she says.

Oct 6th 2014 Posted in: Featured Posts, Selected Artists 0

Mixed Media artist Michael Cutlip

Mixed media artist Michael Cutlip has an innate interest in trying new things and finding what works for him—it’s evident in the unexpected juxtapositions of his multimedia collage pieces and in the story behind how he became an artist.

Sep 29th 2014 Posted in: Featured Posts, Interviews, Lectures 0

Matt Black Former cotton migrant at home Teviston, CA

From southern Mexico to rural California, Matt Black documents the social issues of modern farming and the effects of one of the most severe droughts in recorded history.

Matt Black began photographing the small towns and expansive farmlands of California’s Central Valley for nearly 20 years. A native of that vast agricultural area that runs nearly the entire length of the state, Matt says he began to notice a shift in the people working the fields around his home town.