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Book Signing with Leon Borensztein

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© Courtesy of the Artist and SF Camerawork
Book Signing with Leon Borensztein

1011 Market Street
2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
June 13th, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Other
WEBSITE:  
http://www.sfcamerawork.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
SOMA
EMAIL:  
sfcamera@sfcamerawork.org
PHONE:  
415 512 2020
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sat 12-5 ; and by appointment
TAGS:  
book signing, photography

DESCRIPTION

After emigrating to the United States from Poland, Leon Borensztein took a fly-by-night job as a traveling portrait photographer, visiting homes and businesses across the country and making portraits for working-class clientele in the style of the Sears Portrait Studios. During these sessions, Borensztein would set up a generic backdrop behind the subject, while moving the camera back far enough so that the camera captured glimpses of the subjects’ personal spaces or belongings. The resulting body of work provides a rich sociological document; individually, these are some of the most compelling and touching portraits of their time.