Pursuit of Creativity with Photo Center Director Dave Christensen

After a brief scheduling stumble, StreetPX is back to feature Dave Christensen, director of the esteemed Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco.

Hailing from Wisconsin, Dave started his career wielding a back-breaking large format Deardorff. Specializing in commercial and fashion photography from Madison to Chicago to San Francisco, he has captured imagery of Christy Turlington and Kelly Lynch and worked with clients such as Spiegal, Marshal Fields and Levi Strauss.

Later in San Francisco, he began a new direction, volunteering and eventually taking over as Director for the esteemed Harvey Milk Photo Center. One of the largest darkrooms in the US and soon to celebrate it’s 75th anniversary in operation. Boasting over 40 classes a term and hosting up to 15 varied photographic events year around, you would be hard pressed to find a day when HMPC does not have an amazing exhibit on display in their ~1000sqft space or a class underway somewhere in the city.

It should be said, the HMPC was also the home of our last exhibit, “eXposed“, as well as the main venue for the Streetfoto International Street Photography Festival. So you can imagine our excitement to get this interview underway.

It’s a wonderful life’s story and an inspiration for creatives everywhere.

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Events to Watch Out For

Film Week Announced! September 18th – 24th

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