young girl looks out window through toy camera
Me with a toy camera.  © Don Baida.

I am a photographer, life organizer, and visual literacy advocate based in San Francisco.

Childhood photos reveal I had at least two toy cameras by age three.

My main picture-making tools are a Nikon camera and my current iPhone. The former has been a companion since adolescence.

While working as a photographer for my college newspaper in 1985, I documented the student-led divestment rallies at Rutgers University. Photos from that time appear in Mandela’s Life, Legacy Recalled by New Jersey Public Television (2013).

After graduating with a degree in art history and an excessive number of credits in all things photography, my non-major, I spent the first 20 years of my professional life immersed in other peoples’ photographs. During that time, I had the great privilege to work with Mary Ellen Mark, the International Center of Photography, Natural History Magazine (at AMNH), Mother Jones, Ed Kashi, The New York Times Magazine, Matt Black, The Industry Standard, the Labor Archives and Research Center (SFSU), and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, among others.

My photographs have been exhibited in national juried shows and published in literary and editorial venues including yes!, The Adirondack Review, The Sun, grist, Resurgence, and Glimmer Train.

A personal project to document California’s first benefit corporations became a photo essay in B Labs’ 2012 annual report. An image from that project was later published in The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good.

I am honored to have a photograph included in Barbara Becker‘s staggeringly intimate and powerful memoir, Heartwood: The Art of Living with the End in Mind (Flatiron Books, 2021).