Jun 2nd 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Kids Workshops, Photographers 2

film photography Zac Mosher processes his black and white images at The Image Flow

Zac Mosher, a 14-year-old student at Mill Valley Middle School, has been spending several hours per week in the darkroom at The Image Flow for the past six months processing and printing his black and white images.

“I actually started shooting film after I started with digital, but I wasn’t super into photography at the time,” he says. Later, he discovered his mom’s old cameras while going through a storage unit with his parents. “I thought they were really cool. So I got the cameras and went out and got some film. That’s what really sparked my interest.”

May 8th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Exhibitions, Photographers 0

Swan Lake Balancing Acts Lucy Gray Harvey Milk Photo Center

Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco will show a selection of images from Bay Area photographer Lucy Gray’s new book Balancing Acts: Three Prima Ballerinas Becoming Mothers.

The images were taken over a span of 15 years during which Lucy photographed three San Francisco Ballet prima ballerinas— Kristin Long, Tina LeBlanc, and Katita Waldo—and their families. The book’s more than 100 black and white photographs chronicle and document the struggles these incredible women faced to raise their families and keep dancing, and offers an intimate backstage look at one of the world’s most important ballet companies.

Apr 30th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Exhibitions, Photographers 0

Kerik Kouklis Center for Photographic Art

The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA, offers The Alchemists’ Vision with photographs by Kerik Kouklis andDiane Kaye. These two wonderful artists create magical works using some of the most classic alternative processes, including tintype, platinum/palladium printing, and gum bichromate. The exhibition will run May 16 – July 18. Kerik will be at CPA for an artist’s presentation on May 16 at 4PM, which will be followed by an opening reception 5–7PM.

Apr 24th 2015 Posted in: Blog, Featured Posts, Photographers 0

alice cooper by rock photographer Bill Green

In late 1972, 14-year-old rock photographer hopeful Bill Green began sneaking into the legendary Academy of Music in New York City to snap photos of rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest stars. His images quickly caught the eye of promoter Howard Stein who offered Bill full access in exchange for prints of his stylized black and white images. For the next three years, Bill photographed every show that came through NYC, including icons like Kiss, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, Iggy Pop, Jethro Tull, The Who, Joe Cocker, Santana, and ZZ Top.

Eventually, Bill grew up grew up, and his life moved away from rock n’ roll. His catalog of some 20,000 images has been packed away for the last 40 years, until now. These incredible images will be part of a new show Rock Palaces of New York, The Fillmore East and The Academy of Music at New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery, featuring the golden period of the NYC rock scene.

Herewith, five questions with Bill on his early obsession with photography, picking up girls, and how The Image Flow’s own Stuart Schwartz helped save a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll history.

Apr 7th 2015 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers 1

Interment Daniel Coburn cyanotype photographic process

Photographer Daniel Coburn says photography is about ideas. “As image makers we have a valuable opportunity to engage with a variety of historical processes, to make images that are beautiful, unique, and rich in concept.”

Daniel first discovered 19th century alternative photographic processes as an undergraduate studying under the accomplished alternative process photographer Marydorsey Wanless. Although he has recently come to be known for his work with the cyanotype process, Daniel has worked in the full range of alternative processes. He says it’s not about the process; it’s about choosing the right process for the project.

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 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 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.

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 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.

Feb 24th 2014 Posted in: Blog, Photographers 0

Photographer Mark Citret on location

For three years in the early 1970s, Mark Citret assisted the Zone System Master Ansel Adams at his famous Yosemite Workshops. It was an amazing education for Mark as he worked with Adams in the field and darkroom.

Apr 12th 2013 Posted in: Exhibitions, Featured Posts, Photographers 0

Black and white photography

I’ve been to a banquet­—Hendrik Paul’s new show at The Image Flow, Light From Within. It’s a show with crescendos of excitement and photographs that grant the viewer entry into the personal vision of an emerging voice. There are some many faceted gems here. As with any emerging photographer, about one third of the show consists of classic image making. Though masterful, as classic uses of composition, light, tonal value, subject matter, etc., they are images that don’t add anything new to the vocabulary of photography and don’t clear his unique voice. However, these are silenced by the majority of the show, which consists of images that not only add words and phrases to photography’s vocabulary, but also employ these additions to convey stories of genuine seeing.

Feb 7th 2013 Posted in: Featured Posts, Photographers, Workshops 0


Jeff Zaruba likes to get into the “why” behind his students’ interest in photography and help them to understand their vision and curiosity.

Teaching comes naturally to Jeff Zaruba and he finds working with his students incredibly rewarding as he helps them gain the confidence they need to reach the next level of their artistic potential. In his commercial photography business, he has worked closely with each of his assistants, well over a dozen in 30 years, teaching them each the skill, art, and business of photography until they are ready to go off and start their own careers.

Dec 14th 2012 Posted in: Blog, Photographers, Workshops 0

Patty LaDuke’s photo that hangs in The Image Flow Group Exhibit was taken as an assignment in Photo Essentials I. Here she shares the full story.

Jan 31st 2011 Posted in: Blog, Image of the Month, Photographers 0
February Image of the Month by Nancy Alcott

San Francisco based photographer Nancy Alcott took these pictures of Kristy Balarini and Timothy Redpath’s daughter Harlin at about two weeks old. We were tremendously impressed when Kristy came into The Image Flow to have a series of images printed for family members. These are not your typical baby pictures.Visit to see more Nancy’s work.

Nov 3rd 2010 Posted in: Gary Yost, Photographers 0
Mother Bird 1