Alameda on Camera

Alameda’s Frank Bette Center for the Arts has announced its call for applications for photographers to participate in the 2020 ​Alameda On Camera exhibit. The 13th annual juried, photo-based, multimedia competition presents a 48-hour challenge for photographers to capture sites in the Island City from Friday, Feb. 21, to Sunday, Feb. 23, next year. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Feb. 2.​

Photographer Neil Geller won the 2018 Alameda on Camera’s Marketing Award. His award-winning photograph features an oddity in modern-day Alameda — a water tower and outbuildings in a residential area. Frank Testa built the improvements on Calhoun Street that included a Colonial Revival-style home in the early 20th century. 

Testa listed his profession as “scavenger,” so the buildings likely served as storage. The presence of the water tower tells us that Testa was likely tapping into a well on his property. Directories list the Testa family living in the home as late as 1992. 

Alameda on Camera, now in its 11th year, is an annual, juried photography exhibition conducted at Alameda’s Frank Bette Center for the Arts. 

For 48 hours, beginning 9 p.m. Friday and ending 9 p.m. Sunday, 48 photo-based artists roam the Island City and capture images of neighborhoods, favorite places, secret hideaways and, if they choose, families, friends and famous town characters. The 48- Hour Challenge is set for Friday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 25, with the Alameda On Camera exhibition opening on Friday, April 6. The show closes on Saturday, May 26. 


A piece titled “To & From Church” by Kathryne Hurtado (pictured) appeared among last years 48 original Alameda-themed photography-based artworks in Alameda on Camera, a show opening tomorrow, Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. The center is located at 1601 Paru St.