Friday, October 13, 2017

Made by Hand at PhotoCentral

Honored to be part of the exhibition "Made by Hand" at PhotoCentral in Hayward, CA, alongside photographers Linda Connor, Brian Taylor, Elizabeth Opalenik, Kourik Kouklis, Susan Friedman, Vaughn Hutchins, Sandy King, Jerry N. Uelsmann, Sarah Van Keuren, and Ellie Young. (And I feel I've arrived that my image from Exercises for Moving in Between is on the sandwich board...:)
PhotoCentral is one of what used to many and now are few community darkroom facilities in the Bay Area - the show is up through November 27: Lower Gallery Hours Mon 5-10pm, Tues/Thurs 10-1pm, Upper Gallery Hours: Mon 9am-10pm, Tues-Fri 9am -5pm - or by appointment.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Circus Exhibition at SF Camerawork through August 19th

I'm excited to have 2 pieces from my series "Exercises for moving in between" in this group show of photos exploring the meaning, history, and symbolism of the circus at SF Camerawork. 
Jurors: Linde Lehtinen (SFMOMA), Paloma Shutes (California Sunday Magazine), Arthur Tress (photographer)
Exhibition Dates: July 13 - August 19, 2017
Artists in the show:Ty'ler Banks (Berkeley, CA)
Michele Brancati (Koln, Germany)
Agathe Catel (Montpellier, France)
Susan Felter (Oakland, CA)
Kimberly Gremillion (Houston, TX)
Rachael Jablo (Berlin, Germany)
Michael J. Lessner (Tiburon, CA)
Vanessa Marsh (Oakland, CA)
Kari Orvik (San Francisco, CA)
Wiesje Peels (Netherlands)
Anna Rotty (San Francisco, CA)
Norma Quintana (Napa, CA)
Jay Turner Frey Seawell (Washington, DC)
Jean Sousa (Chicago, IL)
Paul Turounet (Cardiff, CA)
Sarah Windels (Oakland, CA)
Vanessa Woods (Pacifica, CA)

Monday, July 03, 2017

Glass Ambrotypes at Dogpatch gallery Hugomento in SF

This is "Cave Sequence", 4 of my 8x10" glass ambrotypes on view at Hugomento in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. I was happy to be joined in this show with 3 other women artists: Lucky Rapp, Yuko Saito and Shinco Takahashi. Hugomento is open Tuesday-Sunday 12-6pm. 

Bird in Flight Russian Photography Magazine

In other Russian news, Bird in Flight, an online Russian photography magazine out of Moscow, published this article with my 8x10 tintype of the Santa Clara County Fire Department. Google translate (and my one year of Russian) says it is about nostalgia in the digital age.

Black and White Photography Magazine article

Thank you Black and White Photography magazine for the interview and featuring some of my portraits in their May issue. I love this image of Millie and am glad they chose to feature it!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Popular Photography Magazine interview and cover

A brief pause to the relentless abrasion of the senses that is the news right now - to share @popphotomag 's Jan/Feb2017 article on wetplate photography, where they interviewed 3 photographers and used my portrait of Scot Roy for the subscribers cover! Honored to be included with the amazing work of Ian Ruhter and Lisa Elmaleh, and hope the article draws more attention to the wealth of beautiful work being made in the wetplate photo community! Click here for the link to the article.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

SF Magazine portraits for the anniversary of the Hunter's Point Riot 1966

Essie Webb, 98, for San Francisco Magazine's story on the 1966 Riot in Hunter's Point - "The Fire Last Time" by Walter Thompson. I photographed Essie with her son-in-law Oscar James and his childhood friend John Smith. I was not sure how mobile she would be for the photos, but she bounded down the stairs to her garage, ready. They did not have much time for the session, and though the subject of the story was the details of what happened during the riot and the deplorable continuation of police violence towards the black community in SF and beyond 50 years later - what we talked about was their years living on the hill in Hunters Point and how close they were as a community then. There was a palpable feeling of love between all of them. So when it was Essie's turn for the photos, I had her look over at John - it was like a love ball being gently tossed back and forth between them - beautiful to witness. May we all be so lucky to have that much love inside and out at 98 (or any age..:)
The story is online with amazing archival photos at

Oscar James is Essie Webb's son-in-law, (they live 2 houses away from each other). He was the same age as many of the young men interviewed in James Baldwin's 'Take This Hammer', and was there when the riot began in Sept. 1966. I've seen the footage of both the policeman after he shot the young and unarmed Matthew Johnson, which sparked the riot, as well as footage of a very young Willie Brown speaking during the riot. Oscar was present for both, and dismissed both performances as theatrics, that when the officer choked up he was trying to paint the situation in the best possible light to excuse himself of wrongdoing, and that Willie Brown only came for the cameras and did nothing to help Hunter's Point (even back then!) and the same for Terry Francois, the first black SF Supervisor, when he came down for a photo op...Oscar has an important collection of photographs and papers that document the history of his community and neighborhood (HP) as he knew it.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Tintype party for First Exposures Mentoring program, sponsored by the Baum Foundation

Dave Elfving and I created a pop-up tintype studio sponsored by The Baum Foundation at SF Camerawork this summer for students and mentors of First Exposures, a San Francisco-based youth mentoring program that provides youth aged 11 to 18 with the opportunity to engage with photography in a classroom with guidance from a photographer who serves as both a mentor and a positive adult role model. I used to be a photo mentor with First Exposures, and had a blast meeting all the mentees and mentors and showing them the process! 

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Lowriders for San Francisco Magazine

It was such a pleasure photographing Ruby, Fernando, and Nona for San Francisco Magazine's Affinities section on lowriders in the Bay Area. It was an honor in particular to meet Fernando Miranda, who I learned was in his final days, and who passed away 6 days after this photograph was taken. RIP Fernando Miranda (1990-2016). 

Thursday, April 07, 2016

New York City Pop Up Tintype Studio May 6-14

Tintype Portrait Studio Pop up in NYC - May 6-14, 2016

I'm excited to celebrate the 2nd year anniversary of the tintype studio by bringing my tintype portrait setup to New York in May. If you have family or friends in New York who you think might be interested, please feel free to forward this link and they can contact me to set up appointments between May 6-14th.

Kari Orvik Tintype Studio - New York City Pop Up
May 4-15, 2016
(locations in Fort Greene and Queens)
For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Kari at
or visit:

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to the show at Rayko!

Geneva Avenue, looking towards the former Castle Lanes Bowling Alley and Cow Palace (2015 ) Triptych 20" x 78

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Rayko Artist-in-Residence exhibition! It was great to see old faces (a few that I hadn't seen in 20 years!) and meet new people at the opening reception and the artist talk. I was also really excited to meet and get to know the other Rayko Artist-in-Residence Kathya Landeros. Check out her beautiful portraits here.
With the new year I'm excited to launch a few new projects and experiment with a book form for my ongoing Geneva project. And in the meantime, when I'm not sleeping, eating, or tightrope-walking, it's a safe bet that I'm shooting tintype portraits at the studio....

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Artist-in-Residence exhibition opening at Rayko Photo Center on December 9th!

I'm excited to share some of the work I've been doing on the corner of Mission and Geneva for the Artist-in-Residence Exhibition at Rayko Photo Center. It is a work in progress, part of an ongoing series documenting and responding to life at this corner where my tintype portrait studio is located.
Come through if you can! Also excited to see more of the other artist-in-residence Kathya Landeros' portraits for her show "Hombrecitos y Mujercitas".

Rayko Fall Artist-in-Residence Exhibition
Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 9th, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: Dec. 9th, 2015 - January 15, 2016
Rayko Photo Center
428 Third Street (@ Harrison)
San Francisco, CA 94103
(Rayko will be closed the last week of December)

Friday, July 17, 2015

Artist Talk at DZINE gallery - Wednesday, July 22nd, 6-8pm!

I'm excited to be part of this landscape photography show on July 22nd at DZINE Gallery in Potrero Hill.

Artist Talk
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015, 6-8pm

"....and everything in between"
DZINE Gallery
128 Utah Street (at 15th)
San Francisco, CA 94103

Johnna Arnold
Thomas Heinzer
Kari Orvik

To RSVP and for more information: click here!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

The Q-Sides Opening Party Friday, June 5th at Galeria de la Raza!

I'm so excited to finally be announcing this show that I've been working on for over a year with Vero Majano and DJ Brown Amy!

The opening party is Friday, June 5th, 6-10pm at Galeria de la Raza.

For over a year it was a labor of love coordinating the shoots between our schedules, and with the local car club owners and models. Special thanks to Camilo Rios for hooking us up with all of the beautiful rides, and Jennifer Plummer for styling, wardrobe and invaluable support! We were fortunate to receive grant assistance through the San Francisco Arts Commission, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures' Fund for the Arts Grant Program, SF Queer Cultural Center, and Galeria de la Raza.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Landscape photo show at Dzine Gallery in the SF Chronicle

I'm excited to be part of this landscape photography exhibition at Dzine Gallery in San Francisco, opening Friday February 27 (tomorrow) from 6-9pm, curated by Miriam Dym. I have some larger prints of urban landscapes photographed on tintypes, as well as some smaller one-of-a-kind tintypes on display. Check out the article in the SF Chronicle:

"...And Everthing in Between"
curated by Miriam Dym

Johnna Arnold
Susanna Corcoran
Thomas Heinser
Kari Orvik
Jonathan Smith

DZINE Gallery
February 27, 6-9pm - Opening Reception
Show runs through August 28th, 2015
128 Utah Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco Magazine article and cover photograph

Welcome to the blog where you can read about last month's! I was honored that my photograph of Dr. Holbrook Kohrt, M.D. was selected for the cover of San Francisco Magazine's January issue. The article highlighted 8 doctors own survival stories of where they were placed in the role of being patients. I was grateful to meet all of the doctors - so many inspiring stories!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer solstice

So this was more like the equinox, but anyway - today I am reminded that a year ago I was walking on tightropes and trees (and falling off of them)  - and had never felt more free.  I'm remembering lightness today - that it can be as much a part of my day as working to pay off the debts (that point out just how close I am to the ground)....And so yeah, off to work and happy solstice!

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Producers: Hilary Goldberg and Michelle Tea tintype

I had the pleasure of making tintypes of Hilary Goldberg and Michelle Tea at Photobooth last night - the co-producers for the movies-version of Michelle's book Valencia. Seeing its premiere at the Castro theater during the Frameline Film Festival last June was such a moving experience of community and celebration - of Michelle's hard work throughout the years, the combined efforts of all the different chapters' directors (including Hilary's mushroom chapter, which was excellent), and of their work as producers in putting the film together and distributing it.... For all the ups and downs of living in San Francisco all these years, it was one of those moments when I was proud to still be here....