Virginia Woolf once famously declared that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” This ingenious formula can be applied to nearly every creative pursuit, and of course to every gender. If I were to update it for 2019 I would say, “humans must have money, a quiet space to work, and a community if they are to create art.”
It appears that the folks at the East Bay Photo Collective would agree. The informal collective are currently raising funds to create a community photo center in the San Francisco Bay Area, which will provide facilities, education, inspiration, and community to East Bay photographers, especially those who are under-served or lack access to a creative community. The photo center will include a gallery, workshops, darkrooms, and other facilities designed to help photographers in their community meet their full potential and engage with like-minded artists. Currently, EBPCO is accepting monetary donations, and donations of used photography equipment, including film cameras of all types and film and photographic paper.