Photographs by Paula Chamlee
Hardbound Edition of only 550 copies
all signed and numbered by the photographer
Fine linen binding with tipped-in cover plate
21 reproductions, 32 pages
9 1/2 ” x 10 “
In this book, Paula Chamlee turns her elegant graphic vision to an American icon–the family-owned corner market. As a remembrance of a nearly vanished era, San Francisco: Twenty Corner Markets and One in the Middle of the Block is an instant classic. As a work of modern art, it invigorates the subtle tensions between abstraction and documentation that are a hallmark of Paula Chamlee’s work.
Photographing in San Francisco with her 8×10-inch view camera, Chamlee eschewed the traditional scenic views and found herself drawn to the family-owned corner markets—those small islands of individuality that coexist with big city commerce. Each of these markets has its distinct character and charm, and Chamlee’s aesthetic response led her to produce this significant series of photographs.
Paula Chamlee returned to college in the 1980s majoring in the visual arts to finish a degree she had begun in the 1960s in the performing arts. She earned a B.F.A. in painting in 1988. During that year, she discovered photography and quickly found direct involvement with the world outside the studio to be irresistible. Since 1988 she has traveled extensively, making photographs both in the United States and abroad. Chamlee has been the recipient of several grants, including a major grant from the Leeway Foundation for “Excellence in Photography.” Her photographs are in numerous collections, both public and private in the United States and abroad. She is collected in nearly forty museums in the United States, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, and Library of Congress. She has taught workshops in photography in the United States, Austria, Germany, Tuscany, England, France, Iceland, and Australia. Her seventh monograph was published in the fall of 2015.