Haunting photos of San Francisco during lockdown
Dark humor, street art, gritty beauty and misery in a horrible time.
By Wolf Richter for WOLF STREET.
When the “Shelter in Place” order was announced in San Francisco on March 16, 2020, which was to run for three weeks until April 7, 2020, two local businessmen, entrepreneurs and photographers, Basul Parik and Corky Engel, decided to photograph their ghostly town from the streets as they encountered it. Three weeks turned into a year and thousands of photos.
Basul and Corky – both with long histories in photography, video, and book publishing – have now published a book with haunting and deliberately black-and-white photos of San Francisco during this horrific time, titled: “Flatten the Curve ”.
They gave me color versions of the photos, exclusive to WOLF STREET, and here are a few, a wild and equally haunting ride through San Francisco during the lockdown, as well as black and white photos from the book.
It’s getting serious: March 18, 2020. Local markets.
Fisherman’s Wharf without tourists.
Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, dead.
Fisherman’s Wharf, restaurants and crab shops.
Hair Salon on 18th Street.
Market Street without traffic.
Homeless camp on fire.
The main road.
Hayes Street between Octavia and Laguna Streets, May 3, 2020. Painted on planks covering a storefront.
Waller Street. Getting out of Dodge?
Bruno’s nightclub, Mission Street.
Broadway and Kearny Street.
Four bedroom home for sale, $ 14.2 million. Photo of an ad on Polk Street between Clay and Sacramento, taken Feb. 15, 2021. Originally listed at this price in October 2020. As of May 1, it’s still on sale, according to Zillow.
Grant Avenue, China Town, February 2021.
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