Next month, I will be flying up to San Francisco to participate in Street Foto SF, a week-long celebration of street photography running from June 4 - 10. Much like the event that inspired it, the Miami Street Photography Festival, this event provides a wide-range of events, many of them free to the public.
Founded by the photographer, Ken Walton, this is the event's third year and is quickly becoming a go-to event not only for Bay Area street photographers, but photographers from throughout the country and from around the world. The event which includes presentations, portfolio reviews, photo walks, a photo contest and workshops provides a wealth of opportunities to further one's passion for street photography.
This year's event features some amazingly talented photographers, not least of which is Jeff Mermelstein, who is teaching a 5-Day workshop. He is one of my favorite modern-day street photographers and I am especially excited to meet him.
Other photographers include Michelle Groskopf, Melanie Einzig, TC Lin, Andy Kochanowski, Johan Jelbo, Ben Helton, Conor Beary, Skyid Wang, Tyler Simpson, Kristin Van Den Eede, Michelle Rice Chan, Alison Adcock, Ania Klosek, Edas Wong, Faruque Islam, Muhammad Imam Hasan, Steven Bollman, Ben Molina, Troy Holden, Fadi BouKaram, and many more.
This will be my first year of attendance and while I am going to be conducting my own two-day workshop while there, I am especially excited to meeting and hangout out with other photographers from whom the street is a passion. I am also excited about exploring the city with those photographers from call San Francisco home.
I encourage you to consider attending, especially if you are close to the Bay Area and even if you are not. I hope to meet some of you there.