Janet Delaney uses research, interviews and photography. To record the untold stories of cities in transition. Her first project bore witness to the 1980s gentrification of a working class neighborhood in San Francisco (SF). It was published as South of Market (MACK, 2013). In Public Matters (MACK, 2018), Delaney then documented daily life as it unfolded. Alongside protests and parades in Reagan era SF. She is currently completing SoMA Now. This is a record of SF’s rapid transformation into an international center of technology. As well as all of the consequences these new riches have wrought. Both honest and poetic. Her approach straddles the line between documentary and also fine art.
So, Delaney is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. She has received numerous awards, including three National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her photographs are in collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The de Young Museum; The Pilara Foundation; The Oakland Museum of California; and the Smithsonian Museum, among others. She has shown her photos worldwide and is also represented by Euqinom Gallery in San Francisco, California.