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Janet Delaney photographs of neighbors at Folsom Street and of view of the Financial District

L: Janet Delaney, Longtime Neighbors, Langton at Folsom Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney. R: Janet Delaney, View of the Financial District from South of Market Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney

Janet Delaney: South of Market

January 17, 2015July 19, 2015
Gallery 12

In an exhibition particularly relevant to the Bay Area, Janet Delaney: South of Market relates the complex history of a changing San Francisco neighborhood through a selection of more than 40 photographs from the 1970s and 1980s. Janet Delaney (b. 1952), an internationally recognized photographer and educator based in Berkeley, photographed the people and places in the South of Market district during a period when redevelopment was threatening to transform it irreversibly. Soon after moving to the neighborhood in 1978, Delaney witnessed the nighttime demolition of a residential hotel from which dozens of poor and elderly residents had been displaced, an event that prompted her to document the economic effects of urban renewal on her social environment. She used a large format camera and color negative film to create a slow and deliberate photographic document. Her pictures stand as a testament to the vitality of a vanished community of blue-collar workers, small-business owners, families, artists, and other denizens of the district. Her luscious color prints transcend the time and place in which they were produced. Collectively, they offer a unique perspective for today’s viewers, who may be bearing witness to a new citywide wave of gentrification in San Francisco brought on by the second Internet boom.

Organized by Julian Cox, founding curator of photography and chief administrative curator at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, along with Erin O’Toole, associate curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, South of Market includes a variety of street views, building interiors, and other portrayals of San Francisco’s shifting urban landscape. 

Exhibition Preview

Janet Delaney, Jean’s Auto Body Specialists, 1264 Folsom Street, 1979. Inkjet print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Johnny Ryan, Blacksmith, Klockar’s Blacksmith and Metal Works, 443 Folsom Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Helen and her Husband at the Helen Café, 486 Sixth Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Russ Street Apartments, 1981. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Skip Wheeler and His Wife Groom Their Horses after the Veterans Day Parade, Folsom at Second Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Transbay Terminal Newsstand, 1982. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Bulk Natural Foods, Russ at Howard Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Artist in Her Studio, Project One, 10th at Howard Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Hamburger Mary’s, 1582 Folsom at 12th Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, David, Father Leo Joseph’s Roommate, 60 Langton Street, 1981. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Mercantile Building, Mission at Third Street, 1980. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney
Janet Delaney, Second at Market Street, 1986. Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of the artist. © 2014 Janet Delaney

Organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.