Studio Nocturne 2017 Open Studio

Studio Nocturne SF 2017 Open Studio

The photographers of Studio Nocturne specialize in night photography… and a few other subjects.

Studio Nocturne is exhibiting at the Artspan 2017 Open Studios this fall — 2017 marks  our our fifteenth year at this annual San Francisco event. See you there!

Opening Preview and Artist Reception
Friday, October 27
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Studio Nocturne Exhibit and Sale
Saturday, October 28 &  Sunday, October 29
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Big Daddy’s Antiques
1550 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
between Arkansas St. and Wisconsin St
Potrero Hill
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Mike Browne

MikeBrowne-We'll leave the light on for youAlthough I have spent my career designing night vision systems for the military, and have been shooting photos since I was in 2nd grade, it has only been the past six years that I have combined the two and started shooting at night.   Before, photography was always about capturing a moment in time, as we see it, to be frozen by the short click of the shutter and documented. Night photography captures images as we can’t see them, like saturated colors we don’t see at night, the movement of the earth–a motion too slow for us to notice, and the reflective nature of water, whose waves and ripples are averaged out to make a mirror-like appearance over time.


Linda Fitch


“My interest in night photography happened early on and remains my primary focus where I often travel abroad to remote places.  Working alone and uninterrupted is an integral part of my creative process.  Here I am not interested in the literal interpretation, but seek to reveal the deeper mysteries found within.”

“Being a traditional black and white film photographer, I find inspiration and satisfaction creating images in my own darkroom.  It is a slow and deliberate
process that fulfills my need for the “hands-on” experience..”

Daniel Leu

Daniel Leu -Venice-Canal-at-Night

“Grown up in Switzerland, I have called beautiful San Francisco home since the late nineties. This is where I discovered my passion for photography. I enjoy pointing my camera up and down, and left and right to find new scenes or a new angle that reveals a well-known subject like the Golden Gate Bridge from a different point of view. As can been seen in my portfolio, I love the outdoors and take advantage of the close proximity to the great parks we have here in northern California, from the rugged Pacific coast to the granite domes of the Sierra Nevada. In my personal projects, I currently focus on exploring the effect of long-time exposure on clouds, bodies of water or stars. The captured image unmasks a scene very different to what the human eye can see.”

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Eugene Loch


“I have been obsessed with photography since I was 12.  My challenge back then was, as it still is now, to present a perspective of our world that is just different enough for the viewer to take notice.  In our everyday lives we often gain insight into a problem that had been confounding us simply by taking a different approach, or if we are lucky enough, see the answer through another person’s eyes.  In reality that answer had been there all along, waiting for us to discover.  Similarly, a scene that is considered mundane may become interesting under different conditions.  Those conditions could be anything – time of day, angle of view, the mindset of the viewer, the mood of the photographer.”

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G Dan Mitchell

Hotel, Narrow Street“I have photographed since childhood when my father introduced me to cameras and the darkroom, and I became fascinated  by the work of the west coast landscape photographers such as Weston and Adams. Although my academic and professional life has been in music, I continued to make photographs, primarily focusing on the natural landscape, but also exploring a wide range of other subjects. More than a decade ago I began to photograph in the night and near-night hours, entranced by the quiet and meditative nature of the work and the ability to create photographs of things that cannot be seen with my own eyes – faint light in near darkness, transient subjects that move during long exposures, and the magical nocturnal transformation of ordinary things into things of mystery and beauty. More recently I have focused on night street photography and the nocturnal urban landscape.”

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Swee Oh

Swee Oh _The Swerve San Francisco

Swee Oh, an internationally acclaimed architecture photographer, is based in San Francisco, California USA. Her professional background in architecture, and her artistic eye, combine to create stunning architectural photographs that have won prestigious awards which include the prestigious Hasselblad Masters 2016 award and 1st Place Sony World Photography Award 2016 for the Open Category for Arts and Culture. Swee’s visual world is deeply influenced by how she uses light, form, shadows and textures in her work. Her background in architecture influences how she interprets a building through photography

“When I am designing, I think of space, lines, volumes, positive/negative space, the experience when one moves around and through the building. All of these intuitions help me to understand a building better, and enable me to reveal and highlight its essence in the images I produce”


Greta & Manu Schnetzler

Schnetzler - Colma-Spirit

“We have had a longstanding interest in night photography as reflected in the variety of subject matter and places depicted in our work. We see our night work as a good example of the continuing desire to explore our environment, to see common sights in a different way and to capture images that reveal the mystery of the everyday. We are struck by the transformative power of night lighting (whether moonlight or artificial) to create beauty and feeling in abandoned urban settings. We have an attraction to what has been left behind to be destroyed, to decay, or just to wait to be reanimated by human presence. Although our work is not documentary, we see our urban landscape transforming so quickly that we often feel a sense of urgency to photograph the scenes that we are drawn to before they fall to the steady march of progress. We work collaboratively on our photography and show our work together online.”

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Susan West


“Photographically, I’m interested in “evidence” of people–what they leave on view, accidentally or on purpose–and in time and chance, and in the disconnect between thought/imagination and reality. Recently, the latter has led to night photography. Everything changes at night. With long exposures, colors shift, water mists, car lights streak, and star-shine multiplies. Seal Rocks, at right, illustrates the disconnect between what our eyes see and what the camera can evoke. Reality on that night was a pile of gray rocks in a murky sea under a clear, dark sky; a feeble lamp from San Francisco’s Cliff House fitfully illuminated the waves, and a dim light, perhaps a boat, rode the horizon. The five-minute exposure, however, revealed a scene that exists only in imagination: Frosted rocks rise from a boiling cobalt sea, the stars streak overhead, and something mysterious glows on the horizon.”

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