Virginia Van Zandt Photography



Photography has been an important part of my life since the 70’s when I got my first serious camera, then set up a darkroom in a closet of our Green Street flat in San Francisco. The 70’s in San Francisco were exciting years – the City was full of interesting, outrageous and exotic personalities and events - wonderful pictures were everywhere. I had a charge account at Castro Camera (meaning my name on a 3 x 5 card stored in a shredded wheat box behind the counter) and bought all of my supplies from Harvey Milk and Scott Smith. During that time I took pictures of musicians, dancers, and artists - famous and not so, visiting celebrities, parties and events. I wrote music reviews and feature articles, illustrated with my own photos, in BAM, Rock ‘N Roll News, and the Bay Area Business Journal, and my photos were used in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Bay Guardian. I also shot local dance companies, including Mangrove, the Shela Xoregos Company, and the Dance in the Schools Program of the San Francisco Ballet.

While working in the non-profit sector for twenty five years in fund raising and executive administration, I used my photography skills in newsletters (including California College of Arts and Crafts), publicity photos, annual reports, and other promotional materials.

I live in San Francisco with my husband, Jim Bruen. My two grown sons, Justin and Jonah, live nearby with their families. I am a long-time member and a Vice President of Death Penalty Focus (an organization whose goal is to abolish the death penalty) and am a Deputy Marriage Commissioner with the City and County of San Francisco, as well as a private wedding officiant. I formerly served on the Boards of Directors for San Francisco Camerawork and Humanitas Human Rights Committee.