Curator Selection / 2020 / /

In the Shadow of Corona

  • Photographer
    David Wolf
  • Image Location
    USA
  • Credit
    David Wolf

Unprecedented times demand an unprecedented response. As a film-based photographer, I’m compelled to make this new work by any means necessary.

These pictures are from the onset of the coronavirus and shelter-in-place. With no darkroom available, my outdated cell phone is now my camera of choice. I’ve added my own “archival” images as a backdrop to the current ones.

The pandemic has magnified the existing hardships and disparities found here, holding a mirror to neighborhood tensions spurred by gentrification.

I hope these pictures can express the anxiety, sadness and loss all of us face.

David Wolf is a devoted film photographer. The presence of memory in our lives and the power of beauty to redeem loss are at the heart of much of his work.

His photographs have been exhibited internationally by such venues as Aperture; Le Salon de la Photo, Paris; and photo basel, among many others.

David’s prints have been acquired by a variety of private and institutional collections, including the Bibliotheque nationale de France and the Sack Photographic Trust of SFMOMA.

His work has been published in “Harper’s,” “The Huffington Post,” “Lenscratch,” “FlakPhoto,” and “Fraction Magazine.”

Awards Shortlist, PX3 “State of the World;” Hossein Farmani, Juror; Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2020

Juror Commendation, “The Photo Review 2020 Competition;”
Kathy Ryan and Jessica Dimson, Jurors;
The Photo Review, Philadelphia, PA 2020

Juror Commendation, “Project 2020;” Douglas Marshall, Juror;
Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA 2020

Juror Commendation, “Abstract;” Debra Klompching, Juror;
Filter Space, Chicago, IL 2015

Awarded, Creative Capacity Fund Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation, San Francisco, CA 2015, 2017

Awarded, Individual Artist Commission, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, CA 2015

1st Place Award, “Still Life,” International Photography Awards 2013

3rd Place Award, “Still Life,” Grand Prix de la Decouverte,
International Fine Art Photography Award Competition,
Paris 2013

Artist-in-Residence, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA 2012

Invited Participant, The New York Portfolio Review,
The New York Times LENS Blog, NYC 2014

Invited Participant, Review Santa Fe, Center 2010

Invited Guest Artist, Lishui International Photography Festival, Lishui, China, 2009

Finalist, Critical Mass, Photolucida 2006, 2010, 2011