San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776, when colonists from Spain established the Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asís a few miles away, both named for Francis of Assisi. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the WestContinue reading “29 Vintage Color Photos of San Francisco during the 1940s and 1950s”
Here’s a collection of interesting black and white photographs of daily life in San Francisco during wartime. All photographs were taken by LIFE photographer Meith Hagel in 1943.
Between 1896 and 1906, Berlin-born naturalised American Arnold Genthe (1869-1942) took pictures of street life in San Francisco’s Chinatown. Genthe, who ran a photographic studio in Chinatown, would wander the area taking often covert pictures of anonymous subjects. An early proponent of street photography. Genthe’s pictures were nearly lost when earthquake and fire struck theContinue reading “20 Remarkable Photographs of San Francisco’s Chinatown At The End Of The 19th Century”
(Photos © the Nick DeWolf Foundation)
William Gale Gedney (1932-1989) was an American documentary and street photographer. It wasn’t until after his death that his work gained momentum and his work is now widely recognized. These black and white photographs of San Francisco were captured by William Gedney in 1968.