Street photography in San Francisco
February 21, 2006 8:49 PM   Subscribe

Where can I find pictures of street photography in San Francisco on the internet that aren't cliched and touristy?
posted by azuma to Media & Arts (13 answers total)
What are "pictures of street photography"?
posted by jjg at 8:56 PM on February 21, 2006

For historic street photography of San Fran, try Joseph Selle.

Contemporary? I got nothing...
posted by Chrischris at 8:57 PM on February 21, 2006

How about a tag search on Flickr?
posted by Roger Dodger at 8:58 PM on February 21, 2006

Best answer: i'd just search flickr with different tags for SF... you'd have to srot through a fair amount of touristy stuff, but i'd be willing to be you would:
1) find what you want
2) possibly be able to use it legally through a creative commons license
posted by whatitis at 8:58 PM on February 21, 2006

Actually, there's a group for this on flickr.
posted by vacapinta at 9:07 PM on February 21, 2006

Ask this question at the Streetphoto forums, which I administrate. We have several members in SF.

Here are some of mine from about 8 yrs ago.
posted by unSane at 9:10 PM on February 21, 2006

Although personally, I think this group is even better.
posted by vacapinta at 9:10 PM on February 21, 2006

Ask here or craigslist and see if someone will be willing to wander around and take photos for you. *shrug* If I lived in SF, I'd do it.
posted by drstein at 9:16 PM on February 21, 2006

posted by doctor_negative at 12:13 AM on February 22, 2006

Best answer: You shoud search Magnum for "San Francisco" (you'll probably need to register for that link to work. And be aware that a couple pages in there's a picture of a naked, tattooed woman kissing a tattooed pig.) There's some of Susan Meiselas' "Streetscape" project, Carl de Keyzer's coverage of Fleet Week, and at least one cool picture by Josef Koudelka. Poke around there, and I'm sure you'll find some more. The agency was founded, in part, by one of the fathers of modern street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Looks like he's got at least one shot from San Francisco, though it's far from his best.

Maybe iN-PUBLIC has something, too, but it's hard to search.
posted by msbrauer at 6:03 AM on February 22, 2006

Are you looking for contemprary stuff or historic? There are several sources of historic street photography:

SF Library Archives
SF Government Archives
posted by JJ86 at 6:46 AM on February 22, 2006

She sells prints at affordable prices, and based upon the quality of the print I ordered I'd happily reccommend it to others.
posted by cior at 9:21 AM on February 22, 2006

A San Francisco tag search at also may get some interesting results.
posted by sinical at 8:52 PM on February 22, 2006

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