We Live Here: San Francisco, 1960s-1970s


February 25, 2013

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We Live Here: San Francisco, 1960s-1970s

Photographs by Phiz Mezey on view in the

Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, March 2-June 2, 2013

During the 1960s and 1970s, photographer Phiz Mezey photographed some of the most significant events in San Francisco’s history.  An exhibition of her photographs, We Live Here: San Francisco, 1960s-1970s, on view at the Main Library, takes viewers on a tour of San Francisco through those two turbulent decades, providing a unique lens on the community transformation that was occurring in the city at that time.

The exhibition is on view, March 2 through June 2, 2013 in the Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin St., lower level.

Phiz Mezey says of her photography, “I was doing freelance work and teaching and raising two kids.  What little free time was left I was devoted to going out exploring.”

Photo by Phiz MezeyHer explorations resulted in engaging photographs of the changing landscape of the city during the redevelopment of the Western Addition. She also chronicled the tumultuous San Francisco State University Strike. Her photos captured some of the major personalities and San Francisco visitors of the time including Martin Luther King, Jr., Jimi Hendrix, James Baldwin, Emmy Lou Packard, and Imogen Cunningham, as well as highlighted everyday scenes in the City.

Historical objects from the Library’s collection will also be on display in the exhibit, which is presented by the San Francisco History Center.

Related programs:

Sunday, March 3

Meet the Artist: Phiz Mezey

Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room, 1-3 p.m.

Thursday, April 11

The Fillmore: Film and Discussion

Screening of the Emmy Award-winning documentary The Fillmore, which tells the history of San Francisco’s Western Addition and the Fillmore district followed by a discussion with producer Peter Stein. Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit SFPL.org