Upstream Author: Dick Evans

Introducing Booksmith's newest Upstream author: Dick Evans!

Dick Evans is a San Francisco–based photographer with an interest in documenting the colorful and rapidly changing neighborhoods of the city. Born into a ranching family in Eugene, Oregon, he graduated as an engineer from Oregon State University and subsequently obtained a master’s in management from Stanford. He has spent his fifty-year career in the global metals sector, living in five countries and multiple locations in Africa, Europe, and North America. It was during these travels that he developed an appreciation for the diversity and richness of different cultures—both global and local—and an interest in documentary photography.


Chinatown is the third in a series of contemporary documentary photography books by San Francisco resident and photographer Dick Evans—following his initial book in 2014 of Haight Ashbury and his 2017 award winning book on the The Mission . His approach in each case has been to develop an in-depth understanding of each neighborhood through close collaboration with leading non-profits, community organizations, artists and local businesses. In this book he collaborates with freelance writer Kathy Chin Leong, who has conducted over 100 interviews in the course of writing the text, captions and sidebar stories that provide context to the images. Over the coming months, this website will feature in-depth images and back stories of subjects included in the book—e.g. the neighborhood’s history, traditions, celebrations, businesses, non-profits and many of the colorful residents that make Chinatown so intriguing and resilient. All revenue from book sales will be donated to collaborating non-profit organizations. 




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San Francisco's Chinatown By Dick Evans, Kathy Chin Leong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597145206
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Heyday Books - October 6th, 2020