San Francisco in the late 1970s

San Francisco in the late 1970s
International Photography Grant 2019

In the late 1970s, in the face of then expanding dereliction and as part of efforts to remake the neighborhood, city authorities condemned many of the residential hotels that had become a hallmark of the area, displacing many residents and small businesses.

It was at this time that photographer Janet Delaney moved to the area, seeking cheap rent. Between 1978 and 1986 she captured a neighborhood at the cusp of change. One that was not salubrious – she was held up at knifepoint and had her camera stolen – but one where behind the rough edges, a small but strong community of families and businesses still thrived.

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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Janet Delaney – San Francisco in the late 1970s

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International Photography Grant 2019