For those who were not able to visit the artist reception of “This Must Be The Place”, join each artist as they explain their respective body of work in this exhibition.

This exhibition is on view from February 8th – April 6th. Prints are available for acquisition. Please contact the gallery or visit our Artsy for more information.

A San Francisco native, Brian L. Frank (b. 1979) has created social documentary projects across the Americas focusing on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers rights and the environment.
Most recently, he was awarded a grant by For Freedoms, in collaboration with National Geographic, to continue work on faith and labor in the California central valley migrant worker community. He is also a Professor of Journalism and a Catchlight Global-Fellow. His work with Catchlight, The Pulitzer Center and The Marshall Project has focused on documenting mass incarceration’s effects on minority communities and visuals-based, education curriculum development and instruction in juvenile detention facilities and communities disproportionately affected by mass incarceration.

His 2-year project, Downstream, Death of the Colorado, is held in the permanent collection at the United States Library of Congress and was recognized by POYi with the Global Vision Award. His work has been recognized with numerous other awards from both national and international press organizations.

After completing the Journalism program at SFSU, he worked primarily for The Wall Street Journal from 2008 – 2014 and currently focuses on long-term documentary magazine features in California, the American Southwest, and Mexico.

Instagram: @brianlfrank

Brandon Ruffin is a photographer, Web-3 futurist, award winning filmmaker, and writer based in Oakland California. Currently a Leica Ambassador, he fell in love with the visual medium over 17 years ago. Brandon currently works on a research team in the area of Computational Photography at Google pushing the capabilities of machine learning and traditional photography.

Brandon finds himself drawn to stories that dissect humanity, most often through the world of portraiture and photojournalism. Brandon has given lectures at academic institutions such a Cal Berkeley as well as instructional workshops inside tech spaces such as Apple, VSCO, and Google. Brandon has a passion for working with marginalized communities and in neighborhoods that are often overlooked and underrepresented.

Brandon is a contributor for publications such as Rolling Stone, New York Times, and the SF Chronicle.

Instagram: @ruffdraft

Jake Ricker is a documentary photographer based in San Francisco, California. With a background spanning nearly a decade as a bike messenger, he seized the unique opportunity to carry his camera wherever he went. This allowed him to capture the everyday fabric of human life, ranging from moments of comedy and romance to instances of riots, violence, police activities, graffiti, and everything in between encountered during his daily deliveries. Over the last six years, Jake has devoted his everyday time to documenting The Golden Gate Bridge for his ongoing project Strange Paradise.

Instagram: @Jake_ricker