RAYKO PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS
Honor some extreme collectors
The New Forty-Niners
Photographs by Sarina Finkelstein
Opening Reception and book signing: Thursday, May 8th, 6-8pm
PhotoAlliance Talk at SFAI: Friday, May 9th, 7pm
Exhibition dates: May 8th – June 21st, 2014
Shot over four years, The New Forty-Niners documents the new wave of gold prospectors who have rushed to California 160 years after the original Gold Rush of 1849. The tactile and earthy photographs show the gamblers, the adventurers, the desperate, the self-reliant and the young-at-heart in their camps and on claims spread across this magnificently wild landscape. At a time when the price of gold is at an all-time-high, these images document those who endeavor to make a living prospecting for ever-elusive gold and the impact recent environmental legislation banning dredging equipment has had on their livelihood. The New Forty-Niners juxtaposes the elemental rugged life of these passionate and obsessive individuals with gold souvenir shops, bars and motels celebrating the mining history of California, “The Golden State.”
Sarina Finkelstein received her BFA in Photography from Washington University in Saint Louis, MO and her MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine, The London Telegraph’s Sunday magazine, SEVEN, and Amica, as well as on The New York Times’ “Lens,” TIME, NPR, Photo District News and Conscientious photo blogs. Finkelstein lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and fellow photographer, David Leventi.
Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting
Photographs by Jenny Riffle
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 8th, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: May 8th – June 21st, 2014
“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.” -Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Riley grew up in rural eastern Washington. As a child he read Mark Twain’s stories of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and decided he wanted to be like those mythical boys. He wanted a life full of treasure and adventure. He got his first metal detector when he was eleven and to this day he continues to seek treasure in the dirt, in sandy beaches or even looking through a handful of change for wheat pennies and real silver. In Jenny Riffle’s project, Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting, she has been following Riley out on his hunts and photographing the objects he collects. Riffle explores the line between documentary and fantasy as she looks at the objects he finds, what drives him to continue and the mythology and history of the treasure-hunting persona.
Jenny Riffle was born in Washington State in 1979. She received her MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in 2011 and her BA in photography from Bard College in 2001. Riffle received the Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grant in 2013 and was chosen as one of PDN’s 30 photographers to watch in 2014. An exhibition of her series Scavenger: Adventures in Treasure Hunting will travel to several locations in 2013-2014, including this solo show at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco.
Both Sarina and Jenny will be at RayKo on Thursday, May 8th between 6-8pm for the opening reception of their shows. Stop by, meet the artists, raise a glass to these adventurous women and also perhaps learn where you could strike gold or when a metal detector would best come in handy
RayKo Photo Center & Gallery is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990’s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco’s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&w, color and alternative process labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer’s Marketplace – a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco’s 1st Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black & white Auto-Photo Booth and a retail store that sells all types of used film cameras, from view cameras to Leicas to a build-your-own Nikon station. Everything you need to make any type of photograph!
RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer’s Marketplace, which encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels. RayKo also has an artist-in-residence program to further support artists in the development of their photographic projects and ideas.
RayKo Photo Center & Gallery
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Tuesday-Thursday: 10-10 pm
Friday-Sunday: 10-8 pm
*RayKo is located in the SOMA arts district of San Francisco within walking distance of SFMOMA, the Moscone Center, Yerba Buena Gardens, as well as AT&T Ballpark.