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Darcy Padilla’s Award Winning Work, “The Julie Project” – Opens THIS Thursday, May 20th, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

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JULIE – “For the last 16 years I have been documenting the life of an AIDs-afflicted woman, Julie Baird. Julie has been on her own since her sexually abusive stepfather threw her through a glass window when she was 14 years old. She ran away from home, lived on the street, used drugs, contracted HIV, and had five children. When I first met Julie in February 1993 in the lobby of a SRO hotel in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, she was 18 years old and had just given birth to her first child, Rachel. Julie and Jack Fyffe, the 19 year-old father were both HIV positive. Rachel, they said, was their main reason for living.

Throughout the years I have photographed Julie’s complex story of AIDS, abusive relationships, drug use, multiple homes and poverty. A victim of child abuse, Julie often neglected her own children. A high school dropout, she depends on welfare to feed her family. HIV-positive, she fights to stay off drugs.

Julie’s is a story of a survivor. The telling of it enriches the understanding of the poorest and most desperate among us. I am continuing to document Julie’s life and it is my fervent hope that Julie’s story inspires a greater awareness of the plight of people like her.”

Darcy Padilla’s unflinching portrayal of Julie Baird is one of the most in-depth, visceral, and captivating documentaries in recent memory.

Her work has received numerous grants and awards including an Alexia Foundation for World Peace & Understanding Award, Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship, and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship.

The latest iteration of this paramount work will be on display at Fifty Crows Gallery, beginning with our May 20th opening. Doors will be open from 4 PM to 7:30 PM. Fifty Crows would like to welcome everyone to join us in this momentous event. We hope to see you there.

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Judith Fox: I Still Do and Sea of Dreams, Exhibition Opening and Book Signing- Thursday, March 4th, 5:00 to 7:30

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You are invited Thursday, March 4th for an opening and book signing with Judith Fox. We are excited to exhibit two bodies of work by Fox: “I Still Do: Loving and Living with Alzheimer’s”, a powerful, poetic and universal portrayal of aging, loving, humor, mortality and hope, also the subject of a touching photographic memoir published by powerHouse. We also present, “Sea of Dreams”, an abstract depiction of haunting beauty that explores the powerful turbulence beneath the surface calm of the ocean. Seen together, these images offer both direct and metaphoric representation of deep emotion and the resilience of the human spirit. Ms. Fox will be present and signing her new book. Books available for purchase at the gallery.

WHEN: Thursday, March 4th, 2010

TIME: 5:00 to 7:30 pm

WHERE: FiftyCrows Gallery

49 Geary St, Suite 225

San Francisco, CA 94108

For more information on Judith Fox and FiftyCrows, click here.

If you would like a personal invitation please email: exhibitions@fiftycrows.org

Gallery Closed – Reopen Thursday March 4th with a NEW exhibition by Judith Fox

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The FiftyCrows Gallery will be closed Thursday, February 18th through Wednesday, March 3rd.

Please join us on Thursday March 4th, from 5:00 to 7:30pm for the opening of a new exhibition by Judith Fox. For more information, stay tuned to upcoming blog posts and click here to see the FiftyCrows website.

Written by Zara Katz

February 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm

First Thursday Gallery Night TONIGHT- Learn about the environment through conservation photography at FiftyCrows Gallery

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The current exhibition at FiftyCrows called, A Climate for Life, comes from the International League of Documentary Photographers. This group of some of the most profound nature photographers in the world has put together a campaign of images and writing on the environment in order to inform, educate, and provide answers on what can be done to rescue our destroyed world. In the FiftyCrows Gallery, along with the 30 large scale, brightly colored, stretched canvas prints, are accompanying informational text posters about the state of the environment, the problems that we face, and the solutions that can create change. We have books for sale for $50 if you want to take the images and information home with you.

The gallery will be open until 7:30pm, TONIGHT, Thursday February 4.

Regular gallery hours are: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11am – 6pm

Daniel Beltra – Color, texture, rainforest: An interview with a conservation photographer

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This post comes from LensFlare 35, a weekly show created by Dave Warner. Below you can watch a multimedia interview with Conservation Photographer Daniel Beltrá whose images are part of the next exhibition at the FiftyCrows Gallery opening on Thursday January 7th. Daniel is a Spanish photographer based in Seattle. His images are often shot from aerial views producing a painterly effect of textured blocks of color. Abstract and even surreal, Beltrá believes his photographs will help catalyze change in ideas and action regarding environmental preservation. He has documented several expeditions by Greenpeace to the Brazilian Amazon, the Arctic, the Southern Oceans and the Patagonian Ice Fields, among many others.

This year, Daniel was awarded the Prince’s Rainforest Project from the Sony World Photography Awards. The award, granted by Prince Charles, sent Daniel for three months to the Congo, Amazon and Indonesian rainforests to create photos for a book, website and traveling exhibition about the perilous fate of the world’s rainforests.

Read an interview with Daniel Beltra on the RESOLVE Blog –

For photographers, pursuing passions always pays off

Written by Zara Katz

January 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Exhibition Opening at the FiftyCrows Gallery – International League of Conservation Photographers – First Thursday Event

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A Climate for Life

Images from the International League of Conservation Photographers

Exhibition Opening

WHEN: Thursday, January 7th
TIME: 5:00 to 7:30
WHERE: FiftyCrows Gallery
49 Geary St, Suite 225
San Francisco, CA 94108

©Frans Lanting

A Climate For Life focuses on the global challenge of climate change and suggests ways to dramatically reduce risks to human health, economic prosperity and the planet’s irreplaceable biological diversity.

A Climate for Life exhibition is a facet of the A Climate for Life campaign  and consists of 35 images from the International League of Conservation Photographers. Powerfully combining compelling images and essays into a beautiful volume, A Climate for Life is the result of leading scientists and veteran photographers contributing their talents to showcase the topics, issues, and challenges that society must urgently face. The A Climate for Life book creates a lasting impression that ultimately the responsibility to save the earth is literally and figuratively in our hands.

©Nick Nichols

The International League of Conservation Photographers is a consortium of some of the best photographers in the world working for conservation. A project-driven organization, ILCP’s mission is to translate conservation science into compelling visual messages targeted to specific audiences. We work with leading scientists, policy makers, government leaders and conservation groups to produce the highest-quality documentary images of both the beauty and wonder of the natural world and the challenges it faces.

Featured photographers from the iLCP include: Robert Glenn Ketchum, James Balog, Frans Lanting, Cristina Mittermeier, Daniel Beltra, Michele Westmoreland, and Nick Nickels. The list of publications, exhibitions and awards among these photographers include but are not limited to: National Geographic, World Press Photo, International Center of Photography (New York), the Centre Nationale de la Photographie (Paris) Leica Medal of Excellence, the California Academy of Science (San Francisco), the Ansel Adams Award for Conservation Photography, Outstanding Photographer of the Year from the North American Nature Photography Association, BC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award.

©Daniel Beltra

Written by Zara Katz

December 31, 2009 at 2:12 pm

FiftyCrows Gallery Hours – Closed for Christmas and New Years

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The FiftyCrows Gallery will be closed for Christmas and New Years from December 24 to January 6th.

The gallery will reopen on Thursday January 7th for First Thursday San Francisco Gallery Night. The next exhibition opening at FiftyCrows is from the International League of Conservation Photographers. Look out for a following post on the exhibition and book signing.

©David Doubilet

Written by Zara Katz

December 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm