San Francisco 70s: Urban Portraits

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Most of the portrayals in this remarkable collection of inhabited moments are fluid extracts of the shared experience of both the artist and her subjects through the appreciation of the technical craft of that era in Boettcher's classic photo-documentary process, documents of unquestioned anthropological import, but also honest, wry and tender works of art: the unobtrusive gymnastics of her miniature camera, packed with film fast as flypaper catching the elusive moments, we now see preserved faithfully and fondly in her images.....

Boettcher's photographs capture the zeitgeist but also the universal effort of individuals to extricate from the oppressive conformity of their times and their species. Some of the images seem torn from the moment like a bandage, others gently peeled to preserve something delicately ephemeral.

This remarkable obstacle course of a decade is artfully extracted from its time in the intensely observed moments of her photographs- San Francisco's Seventies, a habitat which seemed to attract, inspire, catalyze, and liberate people to simply be themselves.

This limited edition publication is signed and numbered (5/5) by the artist. Proceeds will directly support Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA).

Publisher: Casa Aurora Publications

Publication Date: December 2014

Dimensions: 11 x 13 inches

Print Length: 140 pages

Edition: First Edition, 2015

Binding: Hardcover, Dust Jacket Linen cover with full-color dust jacket and flaps

Editors: James Bristol III

ISBN: 978-0-9839559-5-5

Library of Congress Control Number: 2011937473

Item Weight: 3 pounds

Language: English

About the artist: Carlotta Boettcher is a Cuban-born documentary photographer. She studied philosophy and art history at the University of Madrid and later studied printmaking at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris. Inspired by the growing movement of cultural and sociopolitical unrest that was happening in the United States in the late sixties, she moved to San Francisco in 1971—where she pursued a BA in Photography and an MA in Film and Visual Anthropology at San Francisco State University. Her work addresses family, identity, gender, and strategies of survival and resistance in everyday life.