I finally got time to edit some more video from my U.S. tour this summer. I didn't shoot quite as much as I had planned, but it was still enough to create a story about two talented photographers, Brad Evans and Travis Jensen, as I got to know them on my trip. In the process I developed a lot of respect for their photography.
|Brad Evans (left) and Travis Jensen pose for a photo in the Tenderloin
on July 18, 2011. The two photographers published a 50-page photo book
that documents the Tenderloin.
Photo: Susana Bates, Special To The Chronicle
"We like the process of engagement," says Evans, showing off a photo of someone involved in a local skinhead group. "We've talked to gangsters and dealers and scary people." Via David Wagner, Chronicle Staff Writer sfgate.com
Instead of showing only the bad side of the neighborhood that other photographers have emphasized in the past, Brad and Travis were determined to portray the area's positive aspects.
The book's profits are donated to a social charity in the neighborhood that helps at-risk youth living on the street.
To purchase a copy of "Tenderloin USA" for $20, go to www.tenderloinusa.com. A release party will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 10 at Ever Gold Gallery, 441 O'Farrell St., S.F. (415) 396-3676. www.evergoldgallery.com.
Jonas Normann is a full time photographer based in Vejle, Denmark.
Text and video via sidewalktalk.dk