“Crime is something that happens between winos and gays and Latino youths. It isn’t thought to be something that happens when speculators exploit a political situation and just move in and displace 5,000 people over ten years. That’s not crime, that’s business. Which makes headlines, and which makes profits?” I’ll admit it – all too often an alarm sets off in my mind whenever I encounter photography projects about the displacement of multiracial, working class communities authored by white, middle class artists – so it was a pleasant surprise to find Delaney’s monograph overcoming my cautious expectations. South of Market is an intimate portrait of a San Francisco neighbourhood at a juncture of economic change during the late 1970s and early 1980s, featuring a combination of sensitive, self-aware photographs and insightful interviews with local residents, which manage to prompt consideration on the contentious subject of urban gentrification in an open and unassuming way.
MACK/ 128pp/ £35/ November 2013 ISBN/ 978-1-907946-38-7
Reviewed by Holly Lucas
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