Based in the San Francisco Bay Area we’ve had the most amazing and fun experiences working together for over 35 years for our editorial, commercial, and non-profit clients, creating portraits and photo-journalistic images of an incredibly diverse group of people, as well as having eight solo exhibits of our documentary projects and being part of several group shows. We are curious about people and their stories, cultures, and lives, and its a wonderful thing that photography has given us the opportunities to meet them through our photo shoots, projects, and traveling. With portraits and photo-journalism often done on the same story our strengths are in storytelling, showing the relationships between people and the empathy they have for each other, producing images with hope, and getting people to reveal themselves in a genuine way.
We collaborate in numerous ways when working on a project or a quick photo shoot – from meeting with the client when that’s possible, to scouting locations, to creating and discussing the concept, to the shoot itself when we are trading cameras back and forth trying different ideas to see what’s working and what’s not, as well as trying a variety of lighting schemes and compositions. Our clients include Stanford University, TechWomen, Goodwill Industries, The Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The Family Caregivers Alliance, and The Girl Scouts of Northern California.
We are at a place in our career now where we are recognizing that we are artists and not only editorial and commercial photographers. We are learning about the Fine Art world, how to navigate it, are developing professional relationships and working hard to gain recognition. We are aiming to show our photographs in galleries and museums and to also get a book published about our projects, or, to self publish it so that we can have the real thing to show to prospective publishers. I’ve been looking to be part of a creative community like APAG for years and years, and now that I am part of APAG I am learning how this process works. This goal for recognition for us and our work is something that is driving us now, as we have 3 documentary projects from the past 40 years that we want to be seen for they’re about America’s history with the LGBTQ community’s fight for equality, the 1st AIDS hospice in the USA, and American culture – on our website these can be seen in the Documentary Projects section: https://www.saul-sandraphoto.com
* ‘PRIDE – Hearts of the Movement: The San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Freedom Day Parade: 1984-1990’ – when the LGBTQ community was marching for its civil rights and its equality.
* ‘House of Angels – Living With AIDS at the Bailey Boushay House: 1992-1995, 1997’ – photo essay about the lives of people living with AIDS in their last months of life, their families, volunteers, and the nursing staff.
* ‘Our American Portraits: A Nostalgic Longing for Home and Family’ – documentary photographs about our communities, ordinary daily life, people’s anxieties and their hopes and dreams – a nostalgic look at American life from the 1980s and 1990s.