Vicki Topaz is a San Francisco-based photographer whose interest in cultural and social history, memory and the passage of time informs the imagery in her work. She is currently working on SILVER: A State of Mind, a series of penetrating portraits of women who share in the experience of growing older in this society.

Her project, Silent Nests, which explores the remaining medieval colombiers (dovecots) of northwestern France, drew Topaz to that region for several years. Her first monograph, Silent Nests, published in 2009 by Kehrer Verlag, is the first photographic investigation into a little-known niche of France’s rich cultural legacy. A limited edition hand-bound book (2006) of the same title is represented by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers, was nominated for an Aperture West book prize, and is in the collections of the Environmental Design Library at the University of California Berkeley, The Getty Research Institute, Paul Sack, Joan Morgenstern, The King Library at University of Kentucky, Yale University, Rochester Institute of Technology, The Boston Athenæum, among several others.

Images from Silent Nests are included in the collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; the Joy of Giving Foundation, New York, NY; Musée de Normandie, Caen, France; and Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA. These images have also been exhibited at Galerie Ardi photographies, Caen, France (solo exhibition), the Alliance Française, San Francisco, CA (solo exhibition), the Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, Peer Gallery, New York, NY, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA, 23 Sandy Gallery, Portland, OR, and the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.

Related, yet distinct, Topaz’s project Pastorale, photographed throughout the French countryside, reflects history revealing and redefining itself in pieces as time passes.

The hotel room series Interiors explores the architecture of a space, and the desires, stories, memories, and longings it suggests. The photographs from this series have been featured in San Francisco Bay Area venues, including a solo show at Calumet Gallery in San Francisco. A selection of images from Interiors was awarded first prize in the national juried exhibition in Cohasset, MA. Topaz has participated in national group exhibitions, including shows at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle, WA; the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA; Stepping Stone Gallery, Huntington, NY; and the ARC Gallery in Chicago, IL. Additionally, several photographs have been acquired for the Fidelity Investments collection in Boston, MA.

Topaz’s images have been reproduced in The Photo Review -19th Annual Photography Competition, and in Shots Magazine, and her work has been featured online through The Style Saloniste, The PhotoBook, lens culture, and Foto Povera 2 (Paris). She has lectured about her work at the University of California, Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, and De Anza College, Cupertino, CA.

Topaz is a co-founder and board member of PhotoAlliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting contemporary photography in the San Francisco Bay Area.