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Kari Orvik is a Bay Area-based photographer from Alaska. She works with the historic wet plate collodion process both inside and outside of the studio. She runs a tintype portrait studio, teaches photography, and produces many works of fine art which have been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, SomArts, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, where she was a graduate fellow. She received an MFA from UC Berkeley and grants through the San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship and the San Francisco Arts Commission.

In this episode, we talk about the debt hole, the wet plate process, her experiences at various residencies, teaching photography to college students of all ages and socioeconomic statuses, specific tensions in the Bay Area, how social work led to her photography career, and more. 

Show notes

In this episode, we talk about:

  • how the student debt system is broken 
  • her experience in Berkely’s free MFA program 
  • how she loved it but wishes she made wiser financial choices 
  • why working for affordable housing influenced her to become a photographer 
  • her desire to remember the impact someone has 
  • how her work speaks to the presence and absence that’s happening simultaneously 
  • the historic wet plate collodion process
  • how something like community college classes can give you structure and something to show up to when other things are falling apart in your life 
  • the importance of giving a platform to marginalized voices never heard, especially in San Francisco 
  • different ways to illustrate that everyone has a place and everyone can be seen

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