Heather Kessinger, after a 20 year artistic career as a still photographer, has adopted filmmaking as a natural extension of her passion for exploring the intersection of imagery and narrative.
As a photographer, she has exhibited at the Philippe Bonnafont Gallery, the Pasadena Museum for California Art, The San Francisco Arts Commission, Oakland Art Gallery, Platform, and many other venues. In 2005, her ‘Dark’ series was selected for the prestigious ‘Cream of the Crop’ exhibition, a juried award highlighting the most influential and ambitious graduate student artists across Northern California. Her exhibit, ‘Inscape’, at the Oakland Art Gallery, was reviewed positively by Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle as “exploring the meaning of absence by using minimalism [in] art”. A series of her portraits were included in the ‘Reflecting Buddha’
collection at the Pasadena Museum for California Art.
Her first short documentary, Spoken, was awarded Best Short Student Documentary at the San Jose Film Festival and is frequently screened by the San Francisco Art Institute and the Bay Area Video
Coalition. She is an executive board member of San Francisco Camerawork. Heather has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, the only graduate student in her class to successfully complete a thesis in both photography and film.