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The Judges

We would like to introduce our esteemed judges

for the May 5-31, 2017

Blue Collar Green Water Photography Exhibition

Pier 1 - Port of San Francisco

Alison Taggart-Barone

I am currently the Photo Editor and Photographer for the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. My career started in 1971, when I took my first photography class in High School, and I've been active in the field ever since.  


I've been involved with the Bay Area Photography Community since 1980, and am a regular commuter on the Alameda Ferry. My professional work is mainly illustrative; that is I try to show the beauty of the world around us in un manipulated, or "straight" images. My artistic work has recently been about studying a single thing, or type of thing, exhaustively, again in the tradition of 'straight' photography. For instance, I've been photographing the same spot on Alameda Point from the ferry for two years, in all kinds of weather and sky conditions. Also, decaying easter eggs- documenting the amazing colors created by their aging process. 

I'm honored to be a judge for BlueCollarGreenWater, and can't wait to see the images and meet all the photographers!
More of my images can be found on my website: 

Ann M. Jastrab

Gallery Director and Independent Curator
RayKo Photo Center

Ann M. Jastrab is currently the gallery director at RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco as well as an independent curator. RayKo is a comprehensive photographic facility with galleries, rental darkrooms, digital labs, and studio that has been serving the San Francisco Bay Area for over 26 years. RayKo Gallery serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work.


RayKo also has a thriving artist-in-residence program with current resident, Carlos Javier Ortiz and recent resident, McNair Evans both receiving 2016 Guggenheim Fellowships. Ann has curated many exhibitions for RayKo during the past decade while also jurying and organizing numerous exhibitions for other national and international venues outside of San Francisco. She has also reviewed portfolios for a multitude of organizations including the Seoul International Photography Festival in Korea, Fotofest, Photolucida, GuatePhoto, Review Santa Fe, Medium, Palm Springs Photo Festival, Filter, and Lishui International Photography Festival in China as well as being a juror for Critical Mass.


Besides being a curator, Ann Jastrab, MFA, is a fine art photographer, master printer, and teacher as well. She has also been teaching courses at the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) in Rockport, Maine since 1994.

Elba Rios

Elba has been an educator for the past 18 years. She has taught photography, animation, video art, and web design. She attended the Escuela International de Cine y Television, in Cuba, where she studied film and television. There, she discovered her love of photography, and was marveled by how in the darkroom, art and science were one. Thus, her passion for the arts was born. Years later, Elba joined the Multimedia Arts Program at CSU East Bay, It was there where art and science took on a new meaning for her, one where the creative possibilities were endless.

Elba currently resides and works in Oakland, CA. As Instructional Designer / Assistant Professor at Samuel Merritt University, she is able to tap into education, pedagogy, photography, video, and multimedia to make teaching and learning innovative, meaningful, and fun. 

B.A. - UC Berkeley
M.A., Multimedia Arts - CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA 
Film Director, Producer Diploma - Escuela Internacional De Cine y Television, Havana, Cuba

Photo Website - In the Moment 

Ernest Sanchez

I have been in public ferry service since 1990. From 1990 through 2011 I was the manager of the Alameda/Oakland and Alameda Harbor Bay ferries. In 2011, with the transfer of the City of Alameda’s ferry services to WETA, I joined WETA as Manager of Public Information and Marketing. I have been an avid amateur photographer for many years and currently shoot with the Canon 5D Mark IV.  

Ruby Ray

When Ruby Ray landed her first photography gig, it changed her life forever. It was 1977 and Ray was working at Tower Records in North Beach. On many occasions, she had noticed a guy in the neighborhood who looked, she said recently, "interesting." When he walked into the record store one day with a copy of the punk fanzine Search & Destroy under his arm, Ray chased after him and asked, "Who are you?" It turned out he was V. Vale, the editor of Search & Destroy, and he gave Ray her first assignment photographing one of her favorite bands, The Dils.

Ray recently recalled the story in her San Francisco Chinatown apartment. It reflects the tenacity that's marked her long career.

Ruby Ray: In Sharp Focus | East Bay Express

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