artist statement

left_quote_markI began making photographs more as a necessity than any grand experiment in creating art. Eric Stampfli Portrait Going back as long as I can remember I have always seen pictures in my head. At first ill formed like the fragments of a dream that I'm trying to remember, this medium became the tool that I used to give definition to and make real those images. This is how I learned photography. It wasn't about trying to capture a pretty sunset or portrait of a friend or the unfolding drama on a city street. It was alone in a studio learning to trust and ultimately reproduce the images I saw.

It was there, while learning my craft I discovered how to tell stories with my photographs and discovered that this medium is far from just a visual one. Like memory itself, a good photograph is so very much more than just the picture. If I am successful in incorporating the other senses, the viewer can experience my work rather than just see it.right_quote_mark

 — Eric Stampfli

artist biography

left_quote_markLooking back to the moment that would define the course of my life. I can remember a cold morning camping high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It was there I turned to my father and asked, “Why don’t we ever bring a camera on these trips, why don’t we ever take pictures?” Looking eastward to the rising sun and the promise of a new day my father replied,“We could never capture an image that would do justice to the memory of this moment. A camera encompasses only one sense, close your eyes and feel the warmth of the sunlight on your face, listen to the crackle of the fire, the whoosh of the wind through the trees, smell the almost overpowering perfume of the evergreens, wood smoke, and the very earth, around you. These things are what make up memory, not just what you see.” With that one statement the gauntlet was thrown and I would spend the rest of my lifetime proving my father wrong. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area I am a self taught photographer, educator, and evangelist for all things creative. Both shooting and sharing my passion as a University Level instructor in both Photography and Digital Imaging I am blessed to pass on the many hard lessons I’ve learned about visual communication. Staying true to what I saw as a challenge so many years ago, with my work today I endeavor to make each photograph I take encompass more than just the visual. From food to rich textural still life’s for advertising clients, to sport portraiture, and fine art imagery which is now hanging in a growing number of homes and businesses, I judge each image by the number of senses I can involve. Instilling into my imagery a depth that attempts to elevate this medium well beyond a meager 1000 words.right_quote_mark

 — Eric Stampfli

artist cv

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  • 03/2016: Rochester Erotic Arts Festival Rochester New York
  • 02/2016: Blank Wall Gallery, “Body” Athens, Greece
  • 02/2016: On The Edge San Francisco Erotic Arts Expo, San Francisco, CA
  • 02/2016: The Photographic Nude Lightbox Photographic Gallery
  • 01/2016: Lightbox Gallery Body collection Astoria, Oregon
  • 01/2016: 8 Official selections at ONE EYELAND
  • 12/2015: Blue, Colors of Humanity
  • 10/2015: STILL, First Solo Exhibition, Los Angeles, CA
  • 07/2015: Exposure Awards, Musee du Louvre, Paris
  • 07/2015: The Chocolate Show, San Francisco, CA
  • 06/2015: Nakedness, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Beach CA
  • 05/2015: Your Daily Photograph, Daniel Miller Gallery
  • 03/2015: Nude Attitude, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL
  • 02/2015: The Dirty Show Detroit MI
  • 05/2015: Photo Independent, Hollywood, CA
  • 10/2014: Undressed Artshow Linus Galleries Los Angeles CA
  • 09/2014: Group Show at Paole Mejia Gallery San Francisco, CA
  • 03/2014: Nude Night, Tampa, FL
  • 02/2014: Tango and the Modern Nude, San Jose, CA
  • 02/2014: San Francisco Erotic Arts Expo, San Francisco, CA
  • 02/2013: San Francisco Erotic Arts Expo, San Francisco, CA
  • 02/2012: The San Francisco Erotic Arts Expo, San Francisco, CA

photography work & instruction

  • 1985 to present: Editorial and Advertising Photography
  • 2000—2016: Instructor, Photography and Digital Imaging,
    Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA


  • Fabrik magazine Issue 29 pg 58
  • West Hollywood Magazine October Issue 2015
  • The Critical Eye November 2015 Fabrik Magazine Blog
  • Silvershotz Magazine Volume 10


  • January 2016, 8 images selected for the gallery at OneEyeland.Com Gallery
  • We’ve been awarded and recognized with an Addy Award
  • 9 individual Lucie’s (International Photography Awards), in multiple categories
  • A Black & White Spider Award
  • Two PX3's
  • The 5th Annual Masters Cup for my work with athletes.
  • As part of the body collection for the exposure awards, one of my signature pieces from the Bond Series was shown at the Musee du Louvre in Paris on July of 2015.