1906-2006 Rebuilding: Then and Now
Clearing debris, City Hall, San Francisco, August 1906
July 6, 2006
The Rebuilding San Francisco Committee presents an extraordinary
photographic exhibit entitled 1906-2006 Rebuilding: Then
and Now. Featuring over 80 black-and-white images, the exhibit
celebrates workers reconstructing the San Francisco Bay Area following
the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, and workers of today constructing
Bay Area buildings and bridges. Both the historical and contemporary
photographs give a behind-the-scenes, close-up look at how workers
have built the San Francisco Bay Area during the last century.
The exhibit opened June 22, 2006 on the lower level of the San
Francisco City Hall and closes on August 25, 2006. City Hall is
open 8 a.m. 8 p.m. weekdays.
The historical photos are the most extensive collection of post-earthquake
images of workers rebuilding San Francisco ever exhibited. They
were taken by an unknown photographer and are part of a collection
known as the Schmid-Allmond Album. Dating from April, 1906 until
early 1908, these fascinating photographs show carpenters, bricklayers,
masons, ironworkers, teamsters, piledrivers, laborers, operators,
and electrical workers rebuilding well known sites such as the
Bank of California and the Palace Hotel, as well as homes and
businesses throughout the city.
The contemporary photographs, taken by Joseph A. Blum, document
many of the same crafts, as well as boilermakers, painters, and
glaziers. Blums images bring the workers and their labor
process to the forefront. In these striking photographs we see
workers engaged in high-rise construction in downtown San Francisco,
rebuilding the Conservatory of Flowers and the Ferry Building,
and constructing the Al Zampa Memorial Bridge over the Carquinez
Strait and the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay
Photographer and exhibit curator, Joseph Blum.
The exhibit curator Joseph A. Blum is a retired boilermaker and
photographer. His photographs have been exhibited at the Berkeley
Art Museum, the J. Paul Leonard Library and the Gallery at San
Francisco State University, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission,
the Labor Archives of San Francisco State University, the SomArts
Cultural Center and at the Photo Center, San Francisco.
For further information please contact Joseph
A. Blum, People and Work Photography.