June Lens

This week we're focusing on an eclectic array of photography-themed arts events throughout the Bay Area in June. From work dedicated to promoting social justice to a conversation exploring experimental photochemical processing techniques, here are a few possibilities to explore this month.

Kierra Johnson: "Signify" Through July 20


In her first solo exhibition, photographer Kierra Johnson presents a series of portraits inspired by films such as “Eve’s Bayou” and “Soul Food,” as well as the lived experience of working-class black people across the United States, from the American South to California. At Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland.  See more here.

Focal Points at SF Camerawork: Through June 30


“Not all prisons have bars and walls.” That statement, inscribed on an introductory panel at a new SF Camerawork exhibition, introduces a powerful body of work by photojournalist Brian L. Frank about juvenile offenders caught in a cycle of prison and a life on the outside for which they’re ill-prepared. Frank is one of three accomplished, social issue photographers awarded fellowships by CatchLight, a Bay Area-based nonprofit dedicated to the medium and its ability to promote social change; this exhibition, “Focal Points,” is the organization’s first.  Read more in our June issue.


See more June arts events on our comprehensive calendar.