The 80 s were a decade of demo for California photographer Janet Delaney. As her photos are collected in a journal and the city conjures again she talks about her work
In 1981, at the start of the Reagan times, photographer Janet Delaney decamped from the South of Market- or SoMa- community in her beloved San Francisco, where she had lived since her teens, to a new home in the Mission district. Aged exactly 29, she had spent the previous few years documenting social change and gentrification in SoMa.” I was exploiting a large format camera on a tripod, so I had to apply my chief under a pitch-black cloth to take a photograph, which cleared me feel very conspicuous ,” she says.” It was kind of formal .”
She required a more “fluid” know-how of street life, and in Mission that is exactly what she got. It was a tumultuous era and protests and processions were playing an increasingly important part in the daily life of the mainly Latino district, which was also residence to sizeable homosexual and African American communities.
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