Heyman Foto

Jeff Heyman

Jeff Heyman uses his classical training in photography to push the digital limits of the medium. With a background in photography stretching more than four decades, Jeff received his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Photography from San Francisco State University and studied under painters Robert Bechtle and Paul Pratchenko. But it was his Fine Art Photography studies with Catherine Wagner, Don Worth, Jack Welpott and Melanie Walker, while at State, that truly inspired his work. Jeff went on to produce and exhibit a range of creative work, primarily in black and white.

A San Francisco native, Jeff was influenced by the various artistic and photographic trends sweeping the Bay Area. While in high school, Jeff studied photography under Ralph Rappaport, an associate of Ansel Adams. Rappaport, a major influence, taught Jeff the Zone System and advanced film development and darkroom printing techniques. Rappaport also introduced Jeff to Ruth Bernhard, who met him privately in her home for a critique of his work. This meeting, with one of the world’s definitive photographers, influenced Jeff's future work greatly. His background in classical photography is instrumental in his current work — a hybrid of classic “wet” photography and new digital formats.


Advanced Photography Workshop Exhibit (Group), Del Valle Education Center, Walnut Creek, Calif., March 2023

Orinda: Photographs by Jeff Heyman (Solo), Orinda Books, Orinda, Calif., February 2023 Triptychs (Solo),

Town Hall Theatre Gallery, Lafayette, Calif., October-November 2022

Nikonos the Exhibition (Group), Santa Clara Surf Shop (It's Only Water), Conil, Andalusia, Spain, October 2022

Advanced Photography Workshop Exhibit (Group), Del Valle Education Center, Walnut Creek, Calif., March 2022

Alameda on Camera (Group), Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Alameda, Calif., 2008, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Young Art (Group), Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, Calif., 1976


Everyday is Memorial Day (Solo), Don Tatzin Community Hall, Lafayette, Calif., May 2023

Pinole Valley (Solo), Orinda Library, Orinda, Calif., August 2023


Check out Jeff's latest photos on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heymanfoto Jeff is represented by Outcasts Revisited Media LLC. Contact Jeff at heyman.foto@gmail.com. Artist photograph by Susan Potter.