SF Camerwork is a nonprofit that encourages emerging artists to explore new directions in photography and related media. Camerawork offers a popular series of lectures, performances, film screenings, and forums for viewing new work and discussion of developments in the medium with artists.

SF Camerwork’s First Exposure program works with students that live with their families in transitional or low-income housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, or have recently experienced homelessness. First Exposures provides a creative outlet for students to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment, and encourages them to become articulate, confident, and responsible young adults.

SF Camerawork collaborates with a wide range of youth service organizations in order to reach young people with diverse backgrounds. Praised as a model program by the State of California, First Exposures is unique in its one-to-one pairing of each child with a photographer who serves as a caring mentor and positive adult role model. Mentors are photographers with a commitment to youth empowerment through education, volunteering for a minimum of one year.

SF Camerwork was about to close their doors due to a lease they could not support near SFMOMA. Community Vision has been working with the organization for about five months to help the First Exposures Program find a new home. Community Vision is excited to announce that SF Camerawork has officially signed a 15-year lease on Market and 6th next to Luggage Store Gallery. Community Vision is proud to partner with SF Camerawork and support the great work does with undeserved youth throughout the Bay Area.