EDUCATION & WORK:
1974 Metropolitan Washington Park Zoo, Animal Enrichment Program. (gibbons, seals & elephants) Portland, OR
1983 Attended workshop with photographer, Duane Michaels. East bay, CA
1983 Worked with Henri Lenoir, organizing & cataloging his art & 78 jazz collections. Henri was the founder of Vesuvio Cafe, world famous bohemian & beatnik bar in North Beach. I met Henri while researching the history my father, Franc Snyder, who had worked at Vesuvio in the early 1950's. San Francisco, CA
1984 Independent study of underground tattoo culture. Tokyo, Japan
1985 BFA (photography) San Francisco Art Institute S.F., CA. Faculty member Larry Sultan was a most valuable mentor.
1985-92 Employed at Edward Robison Co., S.F. The oldest pet shop in America (since 1849, same family owned). Robison's was featured in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. ERC specialized in the highest quality pet supplies, collars and apparel from around the world and knowledgeable staff. Sadly, Robison's was forced to close due to the colonization of downtown San Francisco by big corporations and by sky-rocketing rents. Many people remember Robison's with great fondness and maintain hopes for a comeback of this icon of old San Francisco.
It was during
my time there that I started doing dog obedience training (out of my concern
that people have healthy working relationships with their canine companions).
Of course anything that died there went straight into my freezer.
Employed by City
Lights Bookstore, S.F. I developed the Evidence section,
which is devoted to the subject of extreme deviance in biology, psychology,
etc., and the concept of otherness. The Evidence section was
awarded Best Bookstore Section in the Bay Guardian's Best of
the Bay, 1999. Evidence is faithfully maintained by Mr. Helicon.
1996 - Present: Independent study of late 19th c. taxidermy process and display methods.
1998 A short stint as my veterinarian's surgery technician. This was my favorite and most satisfying job. While there, I started a program to increase client awareness and involvement in their dog's dental health. My duties included performing 'standing' (no anesthesia) dentals and doing canine behavioral counseling.
Attended John Rinehart's School of Taxidermy, WI. The instructor, Enid
Nickel, was very supportive of my alternative intentions for taxidermic art.
Mr. Rinehart was not.
1989 Beyond the Frame - 9 Photographic Installations. ("this garden has no caretaker") Richmond Art Center. Richmond, CA Click here for photos, reviews and commentary.
1986 Homage to Franc Snyder. Cesar Chavez Student Union Art Gallery. San Francisco State University. S.F., CA
1985 The Written Word - Twin Palms Gallery. San Francisco, CA
1984 San Francisco Camerawork Gallery. S.F., CA
1984 Diego Rivera Gallery. San Francisco Art Institute. S.F., CA
1982-5 Stillights Gallery. San Francisco Art Institute. S.F., CA
1986 James D. Phelan Award in Photography. The San Francisco Foundation. S.F., CA
1983 North Beach Camera. San Francisco, CA
1998 San Francisco Art Institute. S.F., CA. "Assemblage" Faculty: Julie Blankenship.
1986 San Francisco Art Institute. S.F.,CA. "Sequential Photography" Faculty: Linda Connor.
Expect the Unexpected
1985 Tattootime - "Tattoo Magic" - Japanese edition - cover.
1983 Tattootime - "Tattoo Magic" - American edition - cover.
1983 Photo Metro (S.F.) - "Photographic Education" By Jack Fulton.
1982 City Arts (S.F.) - "Sequences" By Reg Oberlag.
1981 Bitchrock! (S.F.) - "The Blasters" Published by Miss Eva Lake.
FILM & TELEVISON:
2005 Back to Life - Documentary by Samantha Reynolds, co-starring yours truly.