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Scenes of the City: Street Portraits in North Beach

For this week's "Scenes of the City" we're adding to our ongoing series of street portraits of different San Francisco neighborhoods (check out Castro Street Portraits here). We staked out at Washington Square Park in North Beach and captured some of the people milling about.

Photos by Joseph Schell

On their way to a "vintage optical store" on Polk Steet, Lee (left), 20, and Sara, 22, enjoyed each others company at a bus stop near the park.

Scenes of the City: Love in San Francisco

A couple enjoys the view from Twin Peaks.

In this week's edition of Scenes of the City, we're celebrating Valentine's Day with some appropriately lovey images. While 7x7 did not ask each and every one of these people if they were "in love" (which might have gotten awkward) they all appear to be sharing a moment with a special someone or two.

All photos and copy by Joseph Schell

Scenes of the City: Meet Your Cougar Valentine Party @ 111 Minna

For this week's "Scenes of the City" we attended the Meet Your Cougar Valentine Party at 111 Minna. Although the scene was a bit like an awkward high school dance at times, as the drinks flowed, people loosened up and the cougars and cubs came out of their dens.

Photos and Copy by Joseph Schell

Artillery AG: Local Fashion is Good For You

Upon stepping into Artillery Apparel Gallery, you're immediately faced with a huge, gold framed easel, holding a t-shirt, stretched like canvas, in various stages of painting. This is no upright screen-print job, but rather, hand-painted t-shirts by Artillery AG's owner, Ivan Lopez.

Lopez is straight up, born-and-bred Mission hip. After studying Industrial Design at Pratt and selling his shirts on street corners in NYC, he returned to SF and open Artillery AG right in his hometown hood -- the Mission.

Scenes of the City: Street Portraits in the Castro District

For this week's Scenes of the City, we went to the Castro District and captured a dozen or so street portraits of the people passing by near Castro and Market streets.


All photos and words by Joseph Schell

SFMOMA's Voyeurism and Surveillance Exhibit: Examining the Camera's Most Unsettling Uses

Currently on exhibit until April 17 at the SFMOMA, Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance, and the Camera Since 1870 explores the watching me, watching you phenomenon as it has evolved since the early days of the camera. In an era when cameras and recording devices are ubiquitous, impacting norms around privacy and exclusivity, this exhibit is more relevant than ever.

Scenes of the City: SF Street Musicians

For this week's "Scenes of the City" gallery, we photographed SF's street musicians.  Meet some drummers, a crooner and a violinist that call our streets their stage.

Tune in next week for Street Portraits in the Castro District.


All photos + words by Joseph Schell

As night falls on downtown, Andrew plays his full drum set on Market Street in hopes of finding a professional drumming gig. His sign reads, "Seeking Pro Opprotunities!"

Scenes of the City: SF Gets Fit

For our second installment of "Scenes from the City," we documented the citywide New Year's fitness resolution craze.  Check out SF shaping up after the holidays, shedding those pounds and enjoying the outdoors. Here are photos from some of the city's favorite workout spots: Crissy Field, Golden Gate Park, Bad Joe's Body Shop, Planet Granite, and fit Bernal fit.


All photos by Joseph Schell

Say Goodbye at "The Last Kodachrome"

Some of us are stuck in the non-digital age. And by some, I mean me. I still have a cell phone that simply makes calls and sends texts and only last year did I convert from a paper calendar to an iTouch. So, you can imagine my dismay when digital photography took the place of film. It was a sad, sad day last year when Kodak discontinued its Kodachrome film, best known for producing the most vibrant photographic colors. Soon, the only business still processing it will stop. And thus ends an era during which photographers had an entirely different understanding and appreciation of their art form.

Gallery Exhibition for I Live Here:SF

As blind dates go, our city is a damn good one - as proven by Julie Michelle, who never fails to come home with a gem, whether it’s a red wall named Jack, a reflected roof top, or a mural of bulbous cartoon aliens. Every week she hauls her camera around the city to meet locals on chill mornings in the Japanese Tea Garden or sunny afternoons in the Lower Haight, snapping photos as they show her the corners and crevices they call home.

“I never took photos of people,” Michelle admits. “I avoided it. The whole thing scared me.” But when a friend asked for help with head shots, she leveled her viewfinder on a human one fateful foggy day in Golden Gate Park and was immediately smitten. The seed of the project was born after she recognized a common desire while chatting with a Yemen-born market owner in the Tenderloin. “We, as San Franciscans, whether we’re natives or transplants, have a particular love of sharing our stories about the city.”
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