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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.

Enjoy.

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.

Enjoy.

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.”

St. Patrick's Day Flash Mob: Shoot From The Hip

Oh, St. Patrick’s Day. How we love your lucky leprechaun jigs, green beer and authentic Irish pinching traditions.

To celebrate this debaucherous holiday, we’re holding another 7x7 Flash Mob, so grab those camera phones and snap whatever you’re doing throughout the day on March 17. Sitting on the sidelines of the parade? Guzzling pints at the pub? Eating a killer plate of corned beef and cabbage? Just email your photo to our Flickr group at flashmob@7x7.com to be featured on 7x7’s site. Be sure to include a title in the subject line and a short description of where you are with your email address in the body (so we can let you know when your photo's up and if you've won a $100 gift certificate to Harris’ restaurant).

Renowned Bay Area Photographer Larry Sultan, RIP

Sad to learn that Bay Area photographer and California College of the Arts professor Larry Sultan passed away Sunday at 63 of cancer in his Greenbrae home. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Sultan was diagnosed with sarcoma just a scant few months ago, in August.

Photoshop Disasters? Nope, it's the Bay Bridge

The SF Chronicle has a collection of photos relating to the Bay Bridge Closure online and they are really interesting. Particularly worth checking out are the ones showing the highways leading to and from the bridge, the bridge tolls, and the bridge itself eerily devoid of traffic. It looks like somebody Photoshopped all the cars from the pictures.

"Everyone on Bike" Photo Show

Pushbike SF is a small clothing and accessory shop on 24th & Treat Ave owned by cycling enthusiasts. In addition to selling sweet and stylish new and vintage cycling gear, Pushbike hosts photo and art shows with work from local artists. Swing by Pushbike this Friday from 6-9 for the opening of "Everyone on Bike," a collection of photos celebrating San Francisco's everyday cyclists by Jonathan Koshi. Photos will be available to buy in a variety of sizes and formats, ranging from note card sets to framed (and unframed) poster sizes. Beer provided by Pushbike.

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Camera Accessories-Turned Art in Hayes Valley

Joby's bendy, twisty, wrap-able and hang-able tripods are always useful when taking a photo, but as the actual medium for your creation? We'd never considered it before taking a peek at the Joby Inspired pop-up store and gallery going on now in Hayes Valley. The company has paired with designers like Envelope AD and Derek Chen to create art installations using their signature flexible products, and the resulting pieces–including dolls, a boa-like lamp and web-like walls–are on display now through October 10th at 582 Hayes Street.

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