The photographers of Studio Nocturne specialize in night photography… and a few other subjects.
Studio Nocturne is exhibiting at the Artspan 2019 Open Studios this fall — 2019 marks our our seventeenth year at this annual San Francisco event. See you there!
Opening Preview and Artist Reception
Friday, October 25
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Studio Nocturne Exhibit and Sale
Saturday, October 26 & Sunday, October 27
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Big Daddy’s Antiques
1550 17th St.
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“I have taught night photography courses and workshops at U.C. Berkeley Extension, U.C. Santa Cruz, College of Marin, Cape Cod Photographic Workshops, Napa Valley College, and the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University. I lead an annual photographic and cultural workshop to the West of Ireland. My photography has received many awards and has appeared in numerous publications.
“I have written about Night Photography for Camera/Darkroom magazine, the Friends of Photography/Nazraeli Press, Focal Press, and Photo Metro magazine. I founded The Nocturnes, an exhibiting group of Bay Area artists/educators, in 1991, and I created the critically acclaimed website of the same name in 1996. The site has become the premier source of night photography information and education, as well as an international community for night photographers.”
“In 2005, I relocated to Mare Island in Northern California, site of the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard and a Mecca for night photographers, where I continue to offer workshops and private instruction. I have worked with the Mare Island Historic Park Foundation since 2006 (currently on the Board of Directors) and was instrumental in developing the Foundation’s Web sites and exhibitions.”
“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.”
“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.”
G Dan Mitchell
“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, using small handheld cameras to photograph the nocturnal urban landscape and its denizens on multiple continents.”
“Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I emigrated to the United States at the age of eighteen to
attend The Johns Hopkins University. From that moment of dislocation sprang the theme
informing all of my work: connection, and the lack thereof. College completed, I came to own up to my true passion being in the arts rather than the sciences, forgoing medical school to study photography at the Corcoran School of Art, the Rochester Institute of Technology, and the International Center for Photography. A college course on Dadaism and Surrealism that had struck a chord provided a method: irreverent playfulness. My variant on those is, overall, gentler: still largely subconsciously derived, oftentimes still tongue-in-cheek, but with the (occasional) nightmarish touches largely camouflaged. These instinctive explorations have led me to a years-long fascination with nighttime shooting of Bay Area playgrounds. Throughout this project, I have made use of children’s storytime to allude to a story that is hopefully never to be told. Side benefit: I get to enjoy the swings at many a shoot’s end!”
Greta & Manu Schnetzler
“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.”