Not Kansas: Photographers Explore Their Own Worlds

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The Dream , 2009 Collage 24x30 © 2009
© Courtesy of the Artist and Rayko Photo Center
Not Kansas: Photographers Explore Their Own Worlds
Curated by: Ann Jastrab

428 Third St
San Francisco, CA 94107
July 19th, 2012 - August 31st, 2012
Opening: July 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mon: Closed | Tues - Thurs: 10a-10p | Fri - Sun: 10a-8p



some otherworldly images


Not Kansas: photographers explore their own worlds


Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19th, 6-8pm

Exhibition dates: July 19th – August 31st


RayKo Photo Center Gallery

428 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94107


And then there were 10. I was staring at Alison Carey’s ambrotypes depicting ancient marine environments from each of the seven periods in the Paleozoic era. Extinct vertebrates and invertebrates are brought back to life, coexisting in these underwater dioramas that she made by hand with clay and then photographed in a process from the 1840s, making them look surreal. Her series, “Organic Remains of a Former World,” conjured up visions of uncharted territories and undiscovered worlds. Then I began thinking about other artists’ work that I’ve been seeing that doesn’t quite fit into any genre of photography: Chris McCaw’s “Sunburns” that are unique images on silver gelatin paper that have been literally lit on fire in his camera by the sun. Then there are the invented pictures of Germán Herrera:  the collage form emerged as a response to his need of addressing an internal reality, previously inaccessible and more complex in nature. And Curtis Wehrfritz with his small daguerreotypes of constructed scenes where what is real and what isn’t is not so obvious. I discovered the colorless desert night pictures of Christopher Colville from his series “Instar” where the blinding whiteness that we associate with the Southwest has been swallowed by the rich blacks and browns of an unfamiliar land. And Jeremy Dyer’s “Haemál” series with a black sun dominating a benign landscape and 4 individual forest fires uniting their plumes over a rolling hillside. A few examples of his own world imagined. Rounding out the 10 artists are Robin Robinson, who dove deep into the ocean to find a wholly different universe where her existence didn’t matter; Tomiko Jones and her project, “These Grand Places” captured with a 4x5 camera and revealing a transitional landscape that is impossible to identify; Lisa Ajtay whose images from “The Originality of the Moment” look like peephole images of dream-like objects that could be flesh or bone or silk or stone; and Tami Bone whose photography is inspired by her childhood in deep South Texas, one that held more than the usual share of mystery. Come see the original and beautiful work by these 10 diverse artists and explore their unique worlds with them.


About RayKo


RayKo Photo Center & Gallery is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990’s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco’s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&w and color labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer’s Marketplace – a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco’s 1st Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black & white Auto-Photo Booth.


RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciate of photography and create opportunities for regional and national artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer’s Marketplace, which supports the work of Bay Area artists, and encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels. The Photographer’s Marketplace offers photography collectors unique and affordable work from artists living and working in the surrounding area.


RayKo Photo Center & Gallery

428 Third Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

415-495-3773 (ph)

Tuesday-Thursday: 10-10 pm

Friday-Sunday: 10-8 pm

Monday: closed


*RayKo is located in the SOMA arts district of San Francisco within walking distance of SFMOMA, the Moscone Center, Yerba Buena Gardens, as well as AT&T Ballpark.