Photo by Tom Ferentz, 2011

December 1 - December 30, 2011

"Night and the City"

Opening Reception
December 1, 2011 5:30-7:30PM

Corden|Potts Gallery
49 Geary Street, Suite 410
San Francisco


January 10 - February 14, 2010

"Positively Sixth Street: A Retrospective, 1992-2009"

Tuesday, February 9
Reception from 10-11 a.m.
Artist panel from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thacher Gallery at University of San Francisco

A Mid-Market Area Documentary

October 5-31, 2007
Red Ink Studios
1035 Market Street, San Francisco
Gallery hours: 2 pm -6pm
Thursday through Saturday

Free Portrait Days / Gallery Open
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 1 p.m - 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 2007 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Originally loosly based in 1940s photography by WeeGee, this project was made possible with a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commision and by David and Jamie Addington

Open for viewing in November and December during
scheduled "Free Portrait Days" to be announced here!

Come to a "Free Portrait Day." See the exhibition, meet Sixth Street Photographers, and receive a complimentary artistic studio portrait. Also, open by appointment: please call (415) 778-4007 or email tferentz@yahoo.com

The Power of Portraiture

de Saisset Museum
Santa Clara University
January 13-March 4, 2007
Photographers’ panel and reception: Thursday, January 18, 4:00 PM

Stories of the City

Dittmar Memorial Gallery
Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois
February 14- March 16, 2007
View Exhibit... (flash required)



San Francisco By Night

Inspired by photographers Wee Gee (1940s New York) and Brassai (1930s Paris), San Francisco By Night follows their footsteps with atmospheric night photography of San Francisco. Shown at Red Ink Studios, 1035 Market Street, San Francisco, in May of 2007. Funded by the Cultural Equity Program of San Francisco Arts Commission.
Photo by Jerome Trumpet, 2006



Stories of the City – an Exhibition in Two Sites
Tom Ferentz, Artistic Director
Amanda Herman, Program Director

Recent Exhibitions:


Talking Market Street: If Market Street Could Talk

Is a unique collaboration between adults from the Sixth Street Photography Workshop and youth photographers from Fostering Art. During June and July 2006 the groups hosted portrait sessions and conducted interviews on street corners along Market Street from Castro Street to the Embarcadero. The project culminated in two outdoor evening slide presentations on buildings along Market Street.

Talking Market Street
was funded by a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission's Art on Market street Program.

Event Information:
Friday Oct. 20, 2006

One Bush Street Plaza (at Market)
Projection Begins at 8pm
Friday Oct. 27, 2006
NE. Corner of 6th and Market Streets
Projection Begins at 8pm

China Tour




September 2006: Fifteen-year retrospective
Gallery talks with Artistic Director Tom Ferentz
In cooperation with Fotoyard, China




Arc Gallery

Chicago, Illinois
Dec 1-30, 2006

Stories of the City


SF Main Public Library
Jewlett Gallery
April 2005
100 Larkin St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Using photographic portraits and personal narratives this exhibition documents the community living in and around several Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels in San Francisco. Stories of the City presents a cross section of SRO residents and gives insight into who they are, where they come from, what their lives are like, and their dreams for the future. Drawn from the Workshop’s archives, and including oral histories by Nancy Deutsch, the materials provide a historical look at some of San Francisco’s most disenfranchised residents from 1992 until today. SSPW has a history of involvement at each site. View Exhibit... (flash required)

Stories of the City Events:

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April 13 - July 22, 2005
San Francisco Arts
Commission Gallery
City Hall, lower level

April 3 – May 29, 2005
San Francisco Main Library
Jewett Gallery, lower level

Public Hearing
Saturday, April 2, 2005
1pm – 3pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
“Public Hearing” features recorded life stories of residents from San Francisco’s Single Residence Occupancy Hotels by Oral Historian Nancy Deutsch with a portrait slide show from Sixth Street Photo Workshop’s archive.

Opening Reception at City Hall
Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Stories of the City: An Inside Look
Artist Presentations
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Main Library, Koret Auditorium, lower level
3pm program, Reception to follow


The Bayanihan House Portraits
Bayanihan House
May 15 – 31, 2004
88 Sixth Street
San Francisco, CA. 94103

Bayanihan House Portraits began in October 2003, the day residents moved into this newly renovated residential hotel on Sixth Street. Sixth Street Photography Workshop held numerous free portrait sessions in public areas of the building and in resident's rooms. Nancy Deutsch recorded their life stories. An exhibition of the pictures at the hotel opened in May 2004. They have become a centerpiece of our portrait collection and were included in the retrospective, "Stories of the City" at SF City Hall and Main Public Library, April 2005. Click to Read Oral Histories


Tenderloin Portraits and On-Site Portrait Studio
Southern Exposure Gallery
January 9 – February 21, 2004
401 Alabama St
San Francisco, CA. 94110

Sixth Street Photography Workshop worked for over three years with residents of the Senator Hotel and the surrounding Tenderloin neighborhood to create Tenderloin Portraits. The project involved community members in creating portraits using creative photography techniques and studio lighting. The resulting black and white and color-enhanced photographs were exhibited at Southern Exposure. During the course of the exhibition, Southern Exposure invited various community groups to participate in on-site photography workshops The resulting images were added to the exhibition. The groups included youth and families from: The Friendship House, McClymonds High School in West Oakland, Youth in Action of the San Francisco Conservation Corps, and the Southern Exposure. Youth Advisory Board.


Photography in Cohen Alley
509 Cultural Center and Gallery
April 11 – May 4, 2003
509 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA.

Photography In Cohen Alley was the result of a series of photography and portraiture workshops Sixth Street Photography Workshop conducted in San Francisco's newest and most unusual outdoor art space: Cohen Alley. The space was a former bottleneck alley that was transformed by the Luggage Store Gallery into the only gated Alley for Art in the continental United States. The exhibition used artistic photographic portraiture techniques to make a compelling study of unique individuals residing in the Tenderloin. Photography In Cohen Alley also included images by members of Sixth Street Photography Workshop who met in Cohen Alley every week for nearly a year to practice and teach photography.


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