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News Release - November 9, 2009

Snap/shot: 99 Years of Looking Fabulous
For Immediate Release: November 9, 2009 Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282 mjeffers@sfpl.org http://twitter.com/SFPLNews Snap/shot: 99 Years of Looking Fabulous San Francisco’s Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library A new photography exhibition, Snap/shot: 99 Years of Looking Fabulous, opens Nov. 14 at the newly renovated Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Library. The exhibition is comprised of photographs donated to the San Francisco Public Library by gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community members from throughout the city. Copied from treasured albums, old storage boxes and digital camera sticks, these photographs depict deeply personal moments with friends and family, as well as larger historical events, such as the Gay Pride Parade, the AIDS epidemic and gay marriages. “Snap/shot brings together the history and colors of San Francisco’s LGBTQI Community, directly from the personal photo album. It’s a personal look at a diverse family of people,” said Karen Sundheim, manager of SFPL’s James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center. “I’m very happy about the way community members and the Library worked together to create this exhibition.” From pre-coming-out photos of long-forgotten proms and images of early days in Polk Street bars to the camaraderie of gay sports teams and an endless variety of family structures, people’s everyday photographs illustrate both the differences that span time and communities, and the similarities in how we document and preserve memories. The photographs were donated from more than 60 diverse donors. They cover nearly a century of experiences across the spectrum of the LGBTQI community, while revealing a joyous commonality in what people treasure and hold dear. Snap/shot: 99 Years of Looking Fabulous will be on view through Feb. 14, 2010, at the Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial Branch at 1 José Sarria Court (near 16th and Market streets).
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