Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Selections from Geneva series opens at SF Camerawork Thursday October 10th!

photographs by Kari Orvik
SF Camerawork - 1011 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Opening: October 10, 2019 6-8pm
(with DJ Shorty Rodriguez on the 1s and 2s)

Exhibition runs from October 10-December 20, 2019

Friday, August 17, 2018

Recology Artist-in-Residence Exhibition opens Friday, September 21st!

I have been lucky to have the opportunity to be an artist-in-residence at Recology SF - it has been an unforgettable experience being up close and personal with what the city discards on a daily basis over the last couple months ...I've built a 16x20" camera from materials found in 'the pile', scavenged a variety of glass and paper substrates to make images on with photo chemicals found at Household Hazardous Waste, and many other experiments (failed and otherwise!)  that I don't know how to describe yet...:)

Also exhibiting are the other wonderful artists-in-residence: Bonanza, Rabbit Garcia, and Starkweather/Hughen.

Only 3 days to see the exhibition!

Friday, September 21, 5-8pm (party!)
Saturday, September 22, 1-3pm (also party!: )
Tuesday, September 25th, 5-7pm - Artists talk start at 6pm


Anna Karenina - found 6/4/18

SF Chronicle Feature

I was grateful to Sam Whiting from the SF Chronicle for featuring me in an article about how artists make a living in San Francisco. Here is the link!

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Westward - opens this Friday 5/11 at SFAC Gallery in City Hall

I'm excited to be part of "Westward" opening at SFAC Gallery in City Hall this Friday 5/11, featuring 10 women photographers responding to place and interpretations of the west, curated by Ann Jastrab. 
There will be an artist/curator walk-through at 5pm, the reception is from 5:30-7:30, and the show will be up for a full year!

Westward, curated by Ann Jastrab
Opening Friday, May 11 5:00-7:30
Curator/Artist Walkthrough at 5pm
May 11, 2018 - May 10, 2019
SFAC Gallery in City Hall (North Light Court and basement level)

Fred Moten tintype published in the New Yorker

My tintype of the amazing poet and writer Fred Moten was published for an article in the New Yorker about his recently-published 3 volumes of collected writings. Meeting him and making this photograph during an LA heatwave in my friend's backyard was a memorable experience - what a lovely person! 
You can read the article here:

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Photo Alliance Lecture Series this Friday February 9th at SFAI!

I'll be speaking about my work at the Photo Alliance Lecture series this Friday, February 9th at 7:30pm at the San Francisco Art Institute. 
I've seen so many amazing photographers speak at this series over the years - it is truly an honor to be part of it!

I will be speaking first (for about 20 minutes) and then photographer Sonja Thomsen will follow.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Encyclopedia Project, Vol. 3 L-Z Cover

It is total honor to have my tightrope piece selected as the cover image for the 3rd and final volume of the amazing and brilliant publication 'The Encyclopedia Project', L-Z, founded by Tisa Bryant, Miranda Mellis, and Kate Schatz. It features creative encyclopedic entries by a long list of luminaries, Fred Moten, Rebecca Solnit, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Michelle Tea, Daniel Alarcon, and MANY OTHERS! Really appreciate the amount of work over several years that it has taken the editors to make this work come to life. Also, who knew my feet would be so widely distributed..:) 

Recology Artist-in-Residency 2018!

Anyone who knows me well knows that this is a dream come true - honored to be selected with these other amazing artists for the RecologySF artist-in-residency and can't wait to be making work this summer at the dump! #bornscavenger

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. www.birdinflight.com

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! http://www.blackandwhitephotographymag.co.uk/magazine/

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 http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-fire-last-time.

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)