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Michael Rauner

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Birth year

Lives in
San Francisco

Works in
San Francisco


Representing galleries

religion photography, subcultures, trade books, artist-books, California


Michael Rauner is a San Francisco-based photographer, bookmaker and installation artist. His photographs have recently been published by Chronicle Books in The Visionary State: A Journey through California’s Spiritual Landscape, a collaboration with author Erik Davis. He has shown his artwork at many venues, including Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art, George Eastman House, photo-eye Gallery, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Internationale Fototage in Germany. His artwork and handmade photographic books reside in numerous private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Bancroft Library. His photographs have also been published by City Lights Books in San Francisco: The Political Edge, and by Steidl in Picturing Eden, and he is a contributing essayist in First Exporsures, published by SF Camerawork.



2007 AIPAD, Manhattan, NY: Scott Nichols Gallery
The de Saisset Museum, Santa Clara, CA: Faith Placed
The Benham Gallery, Seattle, WA: The Visionary State (solo exhibition)
2006 Oakland City Hall, through the office of Mayor Jerry Brown, Oakland, CA (solo exhibition)
The Studio, Jersey City, NJ: The Visionary State (solo exhibition)
Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA: The Visionary State (solo exhibition)
Photo SF, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA: Scott Nichols Gallery
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY: Picturing Eden
2005 Photo NY, Manhattan, NY: Yoo Projects
Office Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Digital Nature
Bayennale: Bay Area International Art Festival, Oakland, CA
International Phototage, Mannheim, Germany: Contemporary American Photography (solo exhibition)
New Space for Photography, Portland, OR: New Photography (juror Terry Toedtemeier)
Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, OR: One Foot After the Other
Casa del Libros, San Francisco, CA: Artist Books/Libros Artistas
2004 ATA Gallery, San Francisco, CA: The Visionary State (solo exhibition)
Studio Installation, San Francisco, CA: 24 Artist Books (solo exhibition)
Photo SF, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA: The Art of Burning Man
2003 San Francisco City Hall, through the office of Supervisor Matt Gonzalez, San Francisco, CA (solo exhibition)
The LAB, San Francisco, CA: Art, Propaganda, War
Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA: Agitation
2002 Institute for Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA: Portrait Obscured
Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM. MicroCosmic, From the Stellar to the Cellular
Studio Installation, San Francisco, CA: Camera Obscura, Cursus Obscurus (solo exhibition)
2001 Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY: We Are Named
SOMArts, San Francisco, CA: Visual Aid
2000 Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, CO: We Are Named (two person exhibition)
Crucible Steel, San Francisco, CA: Temporary Two
1999 Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Unnatural
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA: Halloween Ball
Four Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA: The Element of Temporary
Crucible Steel, San Francisco, CA: Go West Young Man…Gentrification
1998 1015 Folsom, San Francisco, CA: Visual Aid’s Big Deal
Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA: Dia Del Muertos Procession (performance)
1997 SOMArts, San Francisco, CA: The photometro Pin-up Show
Burning Man, Black Rock Desert, NV: House Dress (architectural sculpture & performance)
1996 Center for Visual Arts, Oakland, CA: Annual Photo Exhibit (juror Andy Grundburg)
Walter McBean Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Annual Artist’s Book Exhibition
Still Lights Gallery, San Franciso, CA: Family Photographs
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA: Spring Exhibition
Photometro Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Pin-up Show
1995 SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA: Bay Area Student Work
Nova Espacio, San Francisco, CA: Nova – New Photography
Gallery 851, San Francisco, CA: Portraits
White Line Gallery, San Francisco, CA: Algerian Film (solo exhibition)


Books, San Francisco, CA. Spring 2006
PICTURING EDEN, Steidl, Germany. Spring 2006 (contributing photographer)
THE POLITICAL EDGE, City Lights Books, San Francisco, CA. Fall 2004 (contributing photographer)
FIRST EXPOSURES, SF Camerawork (contributing essayist)


San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Bancroft Library, Special Collections, Berkeley, CA
San Diego State University Library, Special Collections, San Diego, CA
Center for Creative Photography, Woodstock, NY
Agfa Corporate Collection of Works on Paper


2006 Camerawork, San Francisco
Center for Photographic Arts, Publishing the Photographic Book, Photo San Francisco
2005 Photo Alliance, SFAI, San Francisco
Society for Photographic Education, Western Regional Conference, San Jose
Photo Salon, Harvey Milk Center for Photography, San Francisco
2001 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Denver
2000 YLEM Science and the Arts Lecture Series, The Exploratorium, San Francisco
1999 Society for Photographic Education, Western Regional Conference, Oakland
2000-now Michael Rauner Photography Sole Proprietor
2002-2004 The Lab Programming Committee Member
2000-2000 SF Camerawork Programs/Education Coordinator, Preparator, and establishing
Director of First Exposures:Youth Opportunities through Photography mentoring project
1994-1996 I.C. Change Visual Arts Project Co-Director, Teacher, Grant Writer
1996-1996 The Friends of Photography Docent, Look Again! Instructor, SEE magazine intern
1996-1997 Custom Photographic Printer and Studio Assistant for photographer Michael Light
1993-1995 custom printer and commercial photography assistant for different Bay Area photographers, custom film processing and printing at Spindler’s black and white custom photographic lab


1996-1996 San Francisco Art Institute, SF: Art History, Photography, (no degree)
1993-1996 Friends of Photography, SF: numerous photography workshops under the direction of Andy Grundberg and Deborah Klochko
1993-1995 City College of San Francisco, SF: Photo History, Photography, (no degree)
1989-1991 Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles: BA, English Literature

Recent Exhibits

Michael Rauner participated in these exhibits:

Dec, 2013 The Winter Solstice: A Holiday Show
Scott Nichols Gallery
Jul, 2012 The Summer Show
Scott Nichols Gallery
Oct, 2011 Stop & Go Rides Again
Z Space
Jun, 2011 The Summer Show: Photographs from the Gallery Collection
Scott Nichols Gallery
Jun, 2011 Stop & Go Rides Again
General Public
Jul, 2010 The Summer Show - Photographs From The Gallery Collection
Scott Nichols Gallery
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