Faculty In Review

Photography Department

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Sarah Christianson

Photography Department

MFA in Photography, University of Minnesota, 2009
BFA in Photography, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2005

Professor Christianson has been teaching at CCSF since 2018

She is committed to photographic education and encourages students to use photography as a means of self-expression while developing a strong technical foundation.

Sarah Christianson grew up on a four-generation family farm in the heart of eastern North Dakota’s Red River Valley (an hour north of Fargo). Immersed in that vast expanse of the Great Plains, she developed a strong affinity for its landscape. This connection to place has had a profound effect on her work: despite moving to San Francisco in 2009, she continues to document the subtleties and nuances of the Midwestern landscape and experience through long-term projects.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of Duke University, the National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen, and several institutions in the Midwest. She has received grants from the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Center for Cultural Innovation. Christianson’s first book, "Homeplace" (Daylight Books), documents the history and uncertain future of her family’s farm by interweaving her images with old snapshots and historical documents culled from her personal archive. Her current project, "When the Landscape is Quiet Again," examines the oil boom occurring in western North Dakota. Throughout her work, she uses her personal experiences and connection to the land to evoke a strong sense of place, history, and time.

In addition to her personal work and teaching, Christianson has a breadth of experience in the photo/art world, from assisting a commercial photographer to managing an artist's studio, from being a digital printing technician to running darkrooms, from working in art galleries to freelancing.

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William Kenneth Clickenger

Photography Department

Prof. Clickenger has been teaching at CCSF since 2018

Ken Clickenger is a photographer, educator, and industry consultant in the Bay Area. He studied at Kent State University and the Academy of Art University, and went on to become an expert in digital capture and imaging. He has a unique history of involvement working with world- renowned photographers as well as global brand studios. Specializing in system integration, workflow optimization, and the pursuit of excellence in image quality, Ken recognizes the need to simplify the technology in today’s changing world of photography; leaving the photographer to focus on creativity. Ken has been instrumental in instilling a focus on medium format digital imaging at local schools and brings great enthusiasm in sharing his knowledge and better preparing students of photography for the industry which awaits them.

Ken has worked with City College of San Francisco for several years on the board of industry advisors and most recently leading a two-day workshop for photography faculty. The opportunity to work more intimately with CCSF and the student body comes long anticipated and he's thrilled to be leading the charge on a brand new class.

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Nadereh Degani

Photography Department

MFA in Photography

Prof. Degani has been teaching at CCSF since 1994.

Nadereh Degani is a part-time instructor at City College of San Francisco. She received her MFA in Photography from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

Since 1994 she has taught a variety of classes at City College of San Francisco, and is currently teaching PHOT51- Beginning Photography, PHOT102A - Architectural Photography, and DSGN 105 - Survey of Collaborative Design. In the past, she has taught Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Color Photography, and Intermediate Black and White Photography. Nadereh has also taught at Skyline College, College of Marin, The Harvey Milk Photo Center, and the California Academy of Sciences.

Nadereh has worked as a photographer and graphic artist for Tower Record’s Pulse! Magazine in Sacramento, as well as for Quantity Postcards in San Francisco. As a fine art photographer, Nadereh has shown her work in a variety of galleries and museums across the U.S., namely Stanford University, Harvard University, Boston Museum of National Center of Afro-American Artist, Cambridge Multicultural Art Center, Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana, Eye Gallery, and Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, Art Guild in Pacifica, D. C. A. C. Gallery in Washington D.C., 313 Bowery St. Gallery in New York, and City Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Kathleen P Dyer

Photography Department

BFA in Photography with Minors in Design and Performance Art. University of Iowa
MFA in Sculpture and Photography. California College of Arts

Prof. Perry has been teaching at CCSF since 1988.

Professor Perry also teaches in the Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Classes include photography, sculpture, book arts and conceptual art.

Sailing, traveling, hiking and gardening. And, of course, art making.

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Erika Y Gentry

Chair, Photography Department

B.A., University of Oregon;
M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology

Professor. Gentry has been teaching at CCSF since 2001 part-time and full-time since 2006.

My goal in teaching is to help students push their creative vision, learn good technique and to celebrate and realize their own diverse ideas.

Erika Gentry is a Multimedia Artist and Educator. Her projects explore issues of identity as expressed through the use of technology and place. A self proclaimed Francophile, she exhibits and travels internationally and in Spring 2014 was an artist in residence in France. In addition to her own work, she designs photography workshops for intermediate photographers and photo lovers in France. www.photographyinfrance.com.

Gentry specializes in lens based media (video, photography) digital imaging, multi media arts, education and fine art printing in the Bay Area. An early advocate of the creative digital domain, she has been teaching and presenting electronic arts and photography nationwide since 1996 and has been a consultant to many of the industry’s leading professional photographers as they converted from film to a digital work-flow. She has worked in freelance photography, magazine and book picture editing, art direction, advanced digital post-production, web design and as a curator and educator. She has taught one-on-one and group courses at corporations and colleges such as The Rochester Institute of Technology, The San Francisco Art Institute, Foothill College, City College of San Francisco and Rayko Photo Center. She is currently a full-time faculty member at the City College of San Francisco.

Gentry grew up in Portland Oregon and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from The School of Journalism and Communications at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She completed her master of fine arts degree at The School of Imaging Arts and Sciences from New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology. She has served as a Director on the National Board and the West Regional Board for The Society for Photographic Education where in 2012 she co-chaired it’s first sold out national conference in San Francisco. She has also served on the advisory board of Lens Culture Magazine and is former Vice President to the Board of Directors for Fotovision.org. She is a twice-honored candidate for the CENTER’s excellence in teaching award and enjoys sharing her knowledge of photo history as well as traditional and digital processes with her students.

Gentry started this blog in 2008 for her students. www.erikagentry.wordpress.com

National Board of Directors, Society for Photographic Education, www.spenational.org

French Language
String Instruments

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Tonya C Hough

Photography Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Ken Light

Photography Department

B.A., Ohio State University
M.F.A, San Jose State

Prof. Light has been teaching at CCSF since 1997

With These Hands, To The Promised,Delta Time, Texas Death Row, Witness In Our Time;Lives of Working Documentary Photographers, Coal Hollow, Valley of Shadows and Dreams, What's Going On? 1969-1974

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Andrea Schwartz Massalski

Photography Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Robert Anthony McAteer

Chair, Photography Department

A.S., Photography, Cecil Community College; B.A., English Literature, DeSales University; M.F.A., Photography, University of Delaware

Prof. McAteer has been teaching at CCSF since 1998

I teach to learn.

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Jeffrey Powers Munroe

Photography Department

Biography is unavailable at this time.

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Robert M. Nishihira

Photography Department


Prof. Nishihira has been teaching at CCSF since 1999

Teaching philosophy: All teachers should first teach 7the & 8th graders.

Founding member of the 81 Bees Photography Collective

Full time commercial photographer for 20 years. Client list: Allenback Industries, ARCO, Banar Designs, Bank of San Diego, Benedict & Wells, Blanchard, Callaway Golf, Chrysler Pacifica, CMS, Cobra Golf, Encad, Fashion Valley Mall, Figi Designs, Flojos, Fujitsu, Gascard, Global Guzzini, Golden Door Spa, Hahn Corp.,Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Horton Plaza, Hughes Aircraft, Hydrocurve, IBM, Imed, Inspiron, International Male, ISCO, Jack-in-the-Box, Kyocera, La Costa Products, L.A. Times Magazine, National MIcronetics, Pizza Hut,
Polaris, Qualcomm, Quality Time Toys, Quantum Designs, Rancho Santa Fe Bank, Rocky Boots, San Diego Home/Garden, Scripps Hospital, Sears, Sheraton Hotels, Soladyne, Stanford Mall, Stanford University, Sunbelt, The Citadel, Turbomach, TWA, Upper Deck, U.S. Grant Hotel, Vical, Wavetech, Western Media, Windowmaster, etc.

Hobby: Baseball

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Kari Louise Orvik

Photography Department

MFA University of California Berkeley
BA Stanford University

Prof. Orvik has been teaching at CCSF since 2017

Kari Orvik was working full-time in the non-profit sector while a former student at CCSF, which taught her the skills to eventually make photography her full-time career. She emphasizes the importance of developing technical skills in tandem with continued self-discovery so that students can begin to personalize their vision and their goals in photography. She has taught at UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Art's YASP program, and as a photo mentor with First Exposures. She currently operates her own tintype portrait studio in San Francisco and incorporates historic photo processes into her photography work.

Kari Orvik serves as the current coordinator for CCSF's Gallery Obscura and as a part-time Lab Supervisor.

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Steven M Raskin

Photography Department

M.F.A., California College of Arts and Crafts

Department Chair 2008 - 2011
Full-time Professor 2000 - Present; Tenured in 2004
Adjunct Professor 1992 - 2000

Success cannot be assessed by a measure of academic grades and technical expertise alone. Communication skills, cooperative endeavor, personal and professional conduct, responsibility, sensitivity to diverse needs, service, and enthusiasm are all crucial in the larger sense of learning. Passion for learning, commitment to excellence, and confidence in self are the qualities I attempt to model for my students.

Professor Raskin has been a participant in the student mentoring program through the Office of Mentoring and Service Learning since 2002 and participated in the SCANS program 2001 - 2005. He has organized and coordinated the Photography Department's Gallery Obscura, developed and maintained the Photography Department web site, and was Department Chair from 2008-2011. He is currently developing an Unmanned Aerial Systems (drone) program for the School of Fine, Applied, and Communication Arts.

Mr. Raskin's photography has been exhibited locally and nationally since 1978.
A sampling of his work can be seen at www.stevenraskinphotography.com

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Renee S Tung

Photography Department


Lab supervisor in the Photography and Visual Media Design Departments.

Curator of the student photography gallery, GALLERY OBSCURA.
Please email rtung@ccsf.edu if you would like to propose a show in the gallery.


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Holman Turner

Photography Department

Bachelor of Science - Alabama A & M College - Huntsville, Alabama
Bachelor of Fine Art - Photography - Academy of Art College - San Francisco, California

Prof. Turner has been teaching at CCSF since 1996.

My philosophy both personal and educational, as it relates to my students is a simple one.
When students come to me they are bringing two of their most important and fragile possessions: “Their time” and “Their dreams”. So I accept these two things as if they were my own.

My philosophy for them is a simple one, and I express it as follows: “I will create a safe space for you, where you no longer fear failure, but see it simply as a lesson on the road to success”. Failure is not permanent, only quitting makes it so.

Once my students no longer fear failure, it’s amazing the extent to which they succeed.

Additionally, I am a member of the City College of San Francisco Faculty Union.

As for my participation in community activities, I worked for several years on a personal project that I entitled: “The Mothers of Hunters Point”. This was a photographic project where I sought to bring more awareness to our City, via the use of my camera, to the personal agony being suffered by the mothers of young people killed by violence in Hunter’s Point. The objective was simple – I wanted these mothers to be seen as human, and not simply as another number.

Over the years my hobbies have been tennis, running, and writing groups.

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Naomi R Vanderkindren

Photography Department

MFA Art Practice, Stanford University
BFA Photography, San Francisco Art Institute
AA Art, Portland Community College

Prof. Vanderkindren has been teaching at CCSF since 2013

As a professor, I cultivate critical thinking skills, technical proficiency, adaptability and confidence to take risks in making art. My teaching strategies often emphasize discovery and problem solving skills to facilitate students being able to reach their own solutions. Above all, I promote reasoning, strong individual character, and lifetime learning.

My special interest is in historic photographic techniques and I believe there is great value in learning both historic and modern methods. A foundation in analogue and experimental photography can enhance digital competency by developing skills like patience, planning, pre-visualization and emphasis on good technique. Similarly, advancing technologies now inform historic techniques and are frequently used in tandem.

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Judith Lynn Walgren

Photography Department

MFA in Visual Art, Vermont College of Fine Arts

Prof. Walgren has been teaching at CCSF since 2017.

Judith Walgren is an Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, teacher, visual artist, curator and writer. From 2010 to 2015, Walgren lead the award-winning visuals team at the San Francisco Chronicle as the director of photography. In 2016, she received her MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and began her exploration into the disruption of historic visual archives. She recently received an Arts Matters Foundation Grant to support her research into the history of the California Mission System.

Raising chickens, growing food, knitting, cooking, yoga, meditation

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Jeffrey J Weston

Photography Department

AA Degree from Bakersfield College
BA Degree with an emphasis in Art from San Francisco State University. Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Prof. Weston has been teaching at CCSF since 1988

One of the definitions of the word “Educate” is “to draw out.” My educational philosophy is to do just that: to “draw out” the best in you. To be a photographer, one must use a camera, in much the same way that a musician uses an instrument to play music. My first profession was as a musician, and I learned early on that my instrument was always in service to my creative expression. It is no different with photography. To that end, I believe that it is important to gain a fundamental control over one’s camera, so that the act of photography is spent less in deciding what settings to use, and more is spent on the creative act of expression. This control gives one the freedom to be “drawn out” to their full expression as a photographer. That is my job, and I love it.

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Stephanie Scott Williamson

Photography Department

BA, Tufts University
MA, San Francisco State University

Prof. Williamson has been teaching at CCSF since 1996

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