The Essentials, 2020

Project Type: Photography, Social Practice, Photo Essay

The Essentials is a photo essay honoring essential workers in the Mission District neighborhood of San Francisco. Using my daily quarantine walks, I created a project that examines race and labor in San Francisco’s coronavirus epicenter. The portraits ruminate on the dichotomy between essential yet unprotected, or essential yet accessorial. 

Ramon, Urban Alchemy
Ramon, Urban Alchemy

Leo, United States Postal Service

Aura, Self

Robbie, UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital

Mike, Mission Groceteria

Gabby, Calle 24

Sam, Samy’s Liquor

Billy, SF-Marin Food Bank

Jon, TODCO, Calle 24, Vota Ya, City and County of San Francisco Dept of Building Inspection

Lovely ladies, Dynamo Donut

Francisco, Spice Jar

Jay, Recology

Bryan, Amazon

Santos, L’s Caffe

Jake, Purple Star M.D.

This work was developed as part of my fellowship with YBCA in 2020.
Special thanks to my collaborators and producer Anna Lisa Escobedo.

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©2020 Cheyenne Concepcion