One of the hidden jewels of the San Francisco Public Library is our vast periodicals collection housed in the Magazines and Newspapers Center on the Main Library's 5th floor. It includes thousands of titles dating from the 18th century to the present.
Currently the Art, Music and Recreation Center is exhibiting covers and contents from our photography magazine collection. The exhibit is located in a display case on the Main Library's 4th floor adjacent to the staircase and near the page desk.
Some of the magazines featured in the exhibit include:
Studio Photography: The Business Behind The Image (continues Studio Photography & Design) is a magazine for the professional photographer and the imaging professional. Each month features the latest wedding, commercial, portrait, travel and digital photographers. Resources include marketing strategies, product reviews, technical tips and business relations.
Holdings: Vol. 1, no. 1 - Premiere issue (Jan. 1998)-current
PCPhoto is the magazine for all things having to do with digital imaging and photography. It includes product reviews, tips for amateurs and professionals and quality images from photographers around the country.
Holdings: Vol. 1, no. 1 (June 1997)-current
Camera Notes was edited by Alfred Stieglitz who was determined to have photography recognized as a fine art. He included the best photographs from American and European photographers. Stieglitz used a process for printing called photogravure which is related to etching and produced high quality images that distinguished Camera Notes from other photography periodicals.
Holdings: Vol. 1 (July 1897)-v. 6 (Dec. 1903)
Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts is the magazine published twice a year by San Francisco Camerawork, which was founded in 1974. The journal focuses on exhibiting quality images and presenting contemporary issues in the photographic arts.
Holdings: Vol. 19, no. 1 (Spring 1992)-current
Many of our photography journals are indexed in our electronic databases including; Art Full Text, Infotrac Onefile, Reader’s Guide Retrospective and Expanded Academic Index. You can access these indexes from the library’s Articles & Databases webpage.
Print indexes include; Photography Magazine Index, Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature and Photoinfo. Search the library’s online catalog by title to find these indexes.
To browse a list of all the photography titles at San Francisco Public Library search by subject “photography” and then click on “limit/sort search” and click on “periodical” from the drop down menu of material type.
If you have any questions please ask a librarian in person at SFPL, email the library, or phone 415.557.4400.