Mark Wolfe Contemporary is pleased to present “Fifty Years of San Francisco Street Photography,” an exhibition of never-before-seen images from veteran street photographers Maury Edelstein and Ted Pushinsky, the City’s reigning elder statesmen of the genre. Today, we look at a selection of photos from Ted Pushinsky, who has been in Juxtapoz Magazine in the past. What is cool about this show is that both photographers had never met or encountered one another’s work until this show.
San Francisco has undergone convulsive, disruptive change over the past five decades., from the dawn of 60s counterculture, through the current decade’s housing and gentrification battles. Perhaps more than any other U.S. city San Francisco seems to exist in a perpetual state of tumultuous flux. Upon closer examination, however, it is just as clear that the human soul of the City is much the same as it ever was.
The photographs in this exhibition offer a compelling visual document of this paradox. Working separately since the early 60s, Edelstein and Pushinsky have produced literally thousands of candid images taken in the City’s streets, parks, buses, and front stoops. The selections on view at Wolfe Contemporary offer testimony that while the cars, the clothes, the hairstyles, and the skyline may have morphed radically over the decades, the people are still the people.