David Wolf’s photographs explore worlds both seen and imagined. Whatever his immediate subject, making photographs for Wolf is a process of transformation. “By making a connection between one’s inner life and the greater world, ” David writes, “art transforms not only what we see but who we are. At the heart of this process is empathy.”

While he has photographed in many places, Wolf most often works close to his home in the vibrant Mission District neighborhood of San Francisco. The passage of time is a continual source of inspiration for David’s work; he is especially drawn to making images that express how change becomes visible in the physical world.

Following the impetus of one idea as it flows toward another, David works organically, allowing the path of one project to create a context for the next. This willingness to work without a preconceived plan makes the process of discovery fundamental to his art. The result is a body of work both multifaceted and cohesive.

For nearly two decades Wolf has devoted himself to the pursuit of handmade excellence in the traditional darkroom, printing and toning all of his editioned black and white prints himself. More recently, he has produced three series of color photographs and has also explored aspects of combining photographs with other media.

Wolf's photographs have been exhibited nationally at such venues as the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Photographic Center Northwest. He exhibited a selection from his series "Nurturing Time, Life in a Backyard Garden" as an invited guest artist at the Lishui International Photography Festival in Lishui, China.

A three-time Critical Mass Finalist as well as invited participant to Review Santa Fe, David recently completed an artist residency at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco.

David’s work is included in a variety of museum, corporate and private collections.
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Solo Exhibitions

2013 Nurturing Time, Life in a Backyard Garden, Corden|Potts Gallery, San Francisco, CA
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Group Exhibitions

2012 The Art of Photography Show, Juian Cox, Juror, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA
2012 2012 Artists-in-Residence, Ann Jastrab, Curator, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
2012 Exposure 2012, Alison Nordstrom, Juror, Photographic Resource Center (PRC), Boston, MA
2011 Intimate Landscape, Karen Irvine, Curator, Open to Interpretation,
2011 Featured photographer, Julie Grahame, Curator, aCurator,
2010 Spectra National Photography Triennial, Brian Paul Clamp, Juror, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2009 Featured photographer, Aline Smithson, Curator, Lenscratch,
2009 It's Still Life, Anne Jastrab, Curator, RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco, CA
2009 Lishui International Photography Festival, Yan Li and Wang Zheng, Curators, Lishui, China
2008 Ten, Karen Sinsheimer, Curator, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
2007 Juried Members' Exhibition, Marisa Sanchez, Juror, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
2007 Two-Person Show, 13th Annual Juried Show, Brian Paul Clamp, Juror, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
2007 Our World, San Francisco Arts Commission, Art at City Hall, San Francisco, CA
2007 Through My Window, Meter Gallery,
2005 Selections from the Contemporary Collection, Shapiro Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Spectra National Photography Triennial, Barbara Hitchcock, Juror, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
2001 Two Photographers, Diana Gaston, Juror, Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City, MO
2000 Three Photographers, Davis Art Center Gallery, Davis, CA
2000 Fuzzy Logic, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
1999 Introductions, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999 Juried Members' Exhibition, San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
1999 Two Photographers and a Printmaker, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1998 16th Annual Photo Competition, Best of Show, Photo Metro, San Francisco, CA
1993 68th Annual International Exhibition, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA
1993 Our Families, Richard Armstrong, Juror, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburg, PA
1993 12th Annual September Competition, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
1993 5th Biennial National Juried Exhibition, Dinnerware Contemporary Arts, Tucson, AZ
1992 Works On or Of Paper, 25th Biennial National Exhibition, University Gallery, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
1991 Photospiva 91: A National Photographic Competition, Spiva Art Center, Joplin, MO
1990 New Works in Photography, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
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The Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust of the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
San Francisco Camerawork Fine Print Collection, San Francisco, CA
Adobe Systems Incorporated, San Jose, CA
CarrAmerica Realty Corporation, Washington, D.C.
Genentech, Inc., South San Francisco, CA
McKesson Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Paul Hastings LLP, San Francisco, CA
Sprint Nextel, Reston, VA
Wells Fargo & Company, San Francisco, CA
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Intimate Landscape. Open to Interpretation, 2012
Landscape, Volume 31, Number 3, 1992. Berkeley, CA
Photo Metro, February, 1999 (Cover); September, 1996. San Francisco, CA
ZYZZYVA, Spring Issue, 2001; Fall/Winter Issue, 1996. San Francisco, CA
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Brown University, AB, Renaissance Studies

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