Press Release: Now That You’re Gone

 Now that You’re Gone …San Francisco Neighborhoods Without Us
A new photography exhibition presented by the
SFAC Galleries in partnership with PhotoAlliance


           Yelena Zhavoronkova

On view February 25-May 23, 2014

Opening Reception: February 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., SF City Hall, Ground Floor 

SAN FRANCISCO, January 30, 2014 - The San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries’ Art at City Hall program, in partnership with PhotoAlliance, presents Now That You’re Gone … San Francisco Neighborhoods Without Us. This multi-faceted exhibition project features photography by Northern California emerging and established artists that captures various aspects of the built environment of distinct San Francisco neighborhoods without people. The exhibition, which will be on view from Tuesday, February 25 to Friday, May 23, 2014, is viewable in San Francisco City Hall’s ground floor exhibition space and North Light Court as well as in 40 downtown kiosk posters.

Now That You’re Gone … challenges viewers to examine their urban landscape in new ways, taking special note of the unique quality of light, the juxtaposition of historic and modern structures, hints of nature, evidence of our habitation and architectural details that help define San Francisco as one of the world’s great metropolises,” says SFAC Galleries Director and Co-curator Meg Shiffler.

This exhibition was initially inspired by Jason Tannen’s stunning photo essay of Chinatown devoid of its residents. After viewing Tannen’s work, the curators were alerted to the release of Janet Delaney’s remarkable multi-decade documentation of the gentrification of SOMA in a stunning volume published by MACK. Then the floodgates opened and a diverse group of artists were added to the roster. Steven Brock, a self-described “bike stalker,” obsessively documents bicycles locked up on the sidewalks of The Mission. Yelena Zhavoronkova’s Dead End series consists of rich, moody black and white photographs of sites that are loaded with memories of heartache and violence for the Russian artist, who has lived in S.F. for twenty years. Leo vanMunching climbs to the rooftop of downtown buildings with his large-format 8x10 camera and shoots crystal clear, black and white images of empty streetscapes and skyscrapers. Curator, Meg Shiffler has followed DeWitt Cheng on Facebook as he, almost daily, adds snapshots of the rooflines of buildings across the city.  Veteran San Francisco photographer, Dennis Hearne, captures his beloved North Beach with the intimate eye of a long term resident. Emerging artist, Charles Byrne shoots the Avenues with a sense of voyeuristic immediacy, which is in stark contrast with Mark Citret’s studied, formal black and white shots of The Haight.

PhotoAlliance Director and co-curator Thom Sempere says, “The wide array of photographic styles and subjects reflects each artists’ personal interest in capturing our city.”


Dates: February 25 – May 23, 2014
Opening Reception: February 25, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., SF City Hall, Ground Floor

SF City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Ground Floor Exhibition
North Light Court Banners
40 Downtown Kiosk Posters

Featured photographers:
Steven Brock
Charles Byrne
DeWitt Cheng
Mark Citret
Janet Delaney
Dennis Hearne
Jason Tannen
Leo vanMunching
Yelena Zhavoronkova

Public Programs
Free public programs will be presented in partnership with SPUR. Programs will include walking tour photography workshops with exhibiting photographers, and panel discussions centered on photography and its relationship to the build environment. See www.sfartscommission/gallery for location, date and time details.

This exhibition is supported in part by Grants for the Arts / SF Hotel Tax Fund.

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