About

I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Alaska and learned to make photographs using film, alternative darkroom processes, and by setting up public portrait studios at various locations around San Francisco that called attention to neighborhood change over time. These same elements of hands-on photography, working with people, and engaging ideas of place propel my photography.

The historic wetplate collodion process is a method I've incorporated for over 10 years - a language that I use both inside and outside of the studio. I also shoot on film and digitally, and tend to use multiple formats when I'm working. I’m drawn to the physical experience of making photographs; the relationships, time and location in which the images were made, as well as the materials and processes used to create the image objects themselves. I apply an experimental and personal approach to this historical method that explores memory and possibility through chemical and metaphoric change. My work has been shown at the Berkeley Art Museum, SomArts and the Headlands Center for the Arts, where I was a graduate fellow, and on the covers of Popular Photography and San Francisco Magazine. I received an MFA from UC Berkeley, and grants through the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship and the San Francisco Arts Commission. I currently teach photography and operate a tintype portrait studio in San Francisco – kariorviktintypestudio.com.

CV

Born in Kingston, Ontario
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA

EDUCATION

University of California Berkeley, MFA, Visual Arts
Stanford University, BA, Comparative Literature

GRANTS/AWARDS

2018 Recology SF -  Artist-in-Residence
2015 Rayko Photo Center - Artist-in-Residence

2012-2013 Graduate Fellowship: Headlands Center for the Arts 
2012 Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prizes: Photo-Imaging and Film/Video, UC Berkeley
2011 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship Award: San Francisco Foundation
Roselyn Schneider Eisner Prize: Art Practice Department award, UC Berkeley
Fernstrom Fellowship: Dept. of Scandinavian Studies, UC Berkeley
2007 Individual Artist Grant: San Francisco Arts Commission, “Mission Portrait Studio”

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS/SCREENINGS

2018

My Heart Welcomes You Back Home Again, solo show at Recology SF
Westward
, curated by Ann Jastrab, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery at City Hall
Headlands Benefit Auction, Fort Mason

2017

Made by Hand, (exhibition and catalog), PhotoCentral, Hayward

Circus, SF Camerawork, San Francisco

The High Art of Riding Low: Ranflas, Corazón, e Inspiración, 
Armand Hammer Foundation Gallery at the Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles

Detritus, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose

House of Wahala, curated and performed by Wura-Natasha Ogunji; DiverseWorks, Houston, TX

2016

Rock + paper + scissors: inside the artist's process
curated by Philip Bewley, DZINE Gallery, San Francisco

#Portrait (in conjunction with Laura Levine: Portraits of the Music Scene, 1980–1994), curated by Philip Bewley, DZINE Gallery, San Francisco

"Strange Terrain" - collaborative piece with Michael Koehle, The Growlery, SF

2015

The Geneva Project, Rayko Photo Center Gallery's Artist-In-Residence exhibition

The Q-Sides (with Vero Majano and DJ Brown Amy), Galería de la Raza
"...And Everything In Between" DZINE Gallery, San Francisco

2014

75 Years: Selections from the CCSF Photography Department, SF Camerawork

2013

Last call at Naps: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema screening
Cover to Cover, SF Camerawork
Present Tense: Graduate Fellows Exhibition, Headlands Center for the Arts
Staff exhibition at Photobooth SF, San Francisco

2012

(Re)Collection: a collaboration with Lost and Found, Intersection for the Arts, SF
42nd Annual MFA Exhibition, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley
Film and Video Makers at Cal: Works from the Eisner Competition, Pacific Film Archive
Streetopia SF, Luggage Store Gallery, SF
MFA Now (selected for exhibition) juror Kevin Chen, Root Division, SF

2011

Frontrunners: 2011 Murphy and Cadogan Award Exhibition, SoMarts, SF
New College Hill Market, Bernal Heights Outdoor Film Festival

2010
Tintype prints, Vessel, SF (solo)
Roll Call - SF Camerawork
Chain Reaction XI - San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery in City Hall
Art in Storefronts - 24th St Screening, with Martha Rosler and Vero Majano. Curated by Clare Haggarty, sponsored by Triple Base Gallery, SF

2009

Ersatz Exhibition, SF Camerawork
Home is Something I Carry With Me, curated by Adrienne Skye Roberts, film screening
17 Reasons Why, Mission 17 Gallery, with author Erick Lyle

2008

Eth6 Magazine: Issue 3 exhibition, Blankspace Gallery, Oakland
Glimpses in Time, juried by Stephen Wirtz at Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland
Narrating Identity, (Dis)locating Bodies, Galería de la Raza, SF
The Show Starts on the Sidewalk, outdoor screening, part of UC Santa Cruz’s conference
“Intervene! Interrupt!: Rethinking Art as Social Practice”

2007

Ladies’ Night: Outdoor 3-month commission for display at 16th St. & Mission BART Plaza
The View From Here: rooftop portrait studio, part of Southern Exposure Gallery’s GROUNDED?
Public Art Day, SF
Pleased to Meet You: The Beholder Gallery at Park Life Gallery, SF & Tinlark Gallery, L.A.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Documenting an Outer Mission corner by tintype, SF Chronicle pink pages, by Sam Whiting
Fred Moten's Radical Critique of the Present, The New Yorker, 4/18
The Re-Purposeful Life, interview with Silicon Valley Magazine, 9/18
Black and White Magazine, interview, 5/17
Bird in Flight, Russian Photo magazine, articel about nostalgia in the digital age, 7/17
The ENCYCLOPEDIA Project vol. 3
: Cover image and entries

The Rebirth of Tintype: An Old Photographic Medium is Revitalized, Popular Photography Magazine 2/17 (cover image on subscribers cover)

The Q-Sides, featured in ArtNews "Pictures at an Exhibition", 5/15
The Q-Sides, KQED, by Dani Burlison (6/15)
DZINE Gallery write-up, San Francisco Chronicle (2/15)
Headlands grad fellow exhibition, SF art enthusiast
(re)collection exhibition Art Practical, by Lani Asher
Art Practical review by Jessica Brier (6/12)
Streetopia, Erick Lyle, 2012
SF MOMA’s “Open Space” blog: Public Art and Redevelopment, article by Adrienne Skye Roberts (4/09)

East Bay Express: The Enduring Photograph, review by DeWitt Cheng 8/08

TEACHING

Instructor - Design Fundamentals, 2018 City College of San Francisco
Instructor - Alternative Processes, 2018, San Francisco Art Institute
Instructor - Photography, 2017, City College of San Francisco
Instructor, B&W Darkroom, 2016-2017, YASP Youth Program, California College of the Arts
Instructor, Digital Photography, Summers 2013 and 2012, undergraduate course at UC Berkeley

Instructor, Introduction to Visual Thinking, Spring 2012, undergraduate course at UC Berkeley

Gallery curator, Gallery Obscura, City College of San Francisco
Lab Supervisor, City College of San Francisco darkroom

GUEST LECTURES

Photo Alliance Lecture Series
UC Berkeley Department of Art Practice
San Francisco State Department of Art
City College of San Francisco Photographers and their Images Lecture series