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Adam Martin

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From: Dallas, TX
Registered: Feb 2003

 - posted April 21, 2007 07:24 PM      Profile for Adam Martin   Author's Homepage   Email Adam Martin         Edit/Delete Post 
WHEN: April 20th - May 16th, 2007
WHERE: SF City Hall Room 282 Office of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
Van Ness Ave. between McAllister and Grove Streets
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday April 20th, 2007. 5:30pm-8pm

Local artist R.A. McBride presents a series of stunning large architectural photographs entitled, Left in the Dark: Portraits of San Francisco Theatres, at City Hall, April 20th - May 16th, 2007. Left in the Dark explores the changing landscape of film exhibition and examines the rich cultural history of cinemas. The structures are pictured empty, allowing the grandeur of the architecture to take center stage. The photographs portray this cinema culture, both active and decaying, in color prints taken with 35mm and medium format cameras. This project investigates how independent, single-screen theatres struggle to survive competing with strip-mall multiplexes, home entertainment systems, and the demand for commercial real estate. Left in the Dark documents the importance of small businesses, theatre architecture and cinema culture in San Francisco.

Left in the Dark documents an important part of San Francisco's history, allowing it to live on years after the theatre doors have closed. San Francisco is world-renowned for its independent film scene and innovative cinema exhibition. Recent economic factors have endangered this reputation. As the landscape of this culture unravels, Left in the Dark may become one of only a few documents of this important history.

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