Spencer Brown: Sunset, SF

San Francisco’s Sunset District, one of the biggest residential neighborhoods in the city, was once mostly sand dunes. As public transportation and the use of automobiles spread, the area was largely developed during the first half of the twentieth century, as a suburb of the city. For six months, photographer Spencer Brown chased street cleaning vehicles along the avenues, capturing relatively treeless scenes devoid of people and cars.

Kevin J. Carpenter: Microbe Worlds

From an early age, Northern California biologist, microscopist, and photographer Kevin J. Carpenter developed a great interest in and love for nature. Family vacations to Yosemite National Park and the California coast inspired Carpenter to begin photography as a hobby at the age of ten. Curiosity about how ecological and evolutionary forces shape cell biology and the structure of microorganisms eventually led to postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia.

James Henkel: Stacks

Photographer James Henkel, originally from Miami, Florida, became interested in painting and drawing at the age of twelve. Ideas about drawing remain a motivating factor in much of his work. In college, Henkel took his first photography class, purchased his first camera, and realized the immense possibilities within the medium of photography.