South of Market
South of Market by Janet Delaney. First edition (2013). First impression. Large format hardback in as new condition. No markings. Please see pictures.
Please note that the signed copy is signed by Janet Delaney to title page
Also, the unsigned copy is still in shrink wrap, however, there are soft bumps to 3 corners of the cover
About South of Market
South of Market 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 Centre. 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 then joined local efforts to protest the city’s treatment of the community. She also 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 also 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 also accompanied by interviews. Which offer personal responses to the impact of gentrification on twelve of Delaney’s neighbours. An essay by Erin O’Toole sets the context for this story by providing a history of this constantly evolving San Francisco neighbourhood.