The San Francisco History Center and Art, Music & Recreation Center invite you to join photographer and author Janet Delaney in conversation with San Francisco architect Mark Hogan.
Wednesday - 9/24/2014 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
South of Market: 1978 - 1986 is a photographic portrait of a San Francisco neighbourhood in the throes of urban renewal.
In 1978, Janet Delaney
moved to San Francisco’s South of Market district because the location
was central and the rent was cheap. On the weekends she photographed
with her large format camera at the nearby construction site for what is
now the Moscone Convention Center.
After witnessing the nighttime demolition of an adjacent residential
hotel, Delaney became interested in the rippling economic effects urban
renewal was having on poor and working class residents. Leaving the
construction site behind, Delaney joined local efforts to protest the
city’s treatment of the community and began to photograph and interview
her neighbors in their homes and places of work.
South of Market is not a romantic representation of San
Francisco’s past, but rather a testament to a vanished community made up
of blue-collar workers, small business owners, families with children,
artists, and gay men. The work is especially relevant today, as a new
wave of gentrification brought on by the second internet boom is again
driving less affluent residents out of San Francisco. “As I continue to
photograph in San Francisco and in urban areas around the world,” says
Delaney, “I see that who plays and who pays remains, as it always was,
the central issue.”
The photographs are accompanied by interviews which offer personal
responses to the impact of gentrification on twelve of Delaney’s
neighbors. An essay by Erin O’Toole sets the context for this story by
providing a history of this constantly evolving San Francisco
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