Dick Evans captures the pulse of life in the Mission District, the San Francisco neighborhood known for its murals and Latin American culture—and more recently for its rapid gentrification. Intimate, colorful images depict a place filled with diverse residents, stately Victorian houses, hand-painted store signs, Carnaval dancers, Día de los Muertos celebrants, political activists, and its namesake, Mission Dolores (here juxtaposed against portraits of Native people and indigenous cultural objects). Poetry and quotations from Mission residents are interspersed throughout, deepening viewers’ immersion into this community. But at the heart of the book is the Mission’s famous public art: works that depict Latin American culture, resistance to political oppression, passion for environmental justice, and outrage at gentrification. Evans’s photos highlight the growing threat to the neighborhood’s character, but they also reveal the many changes that have shaped the neighborhood into its vivacious present-day identity.
A vibrant neighborhood in transition
“Dick Evans's eye captures the incredible, multicultural, rich life of the people in el Barrio de La Mission. His colorful, amazing photos mirror our vibrant cultural celebrations, struggle for justice, delicious food, historical Victorian homes, murals that speak and tell our stories, lowriders, merchants, and our lifestyle.”—Roberto Y. Hernandez, executive director, Carnaval San Francisco
“With a history of conquistadors, missionaries, German, Irish, and Polish immigrants followed by Mexican families removed from the Rincon, then streams of people fleeing oppression from Central American dictators, and currently Silicon Valley folks spurring gentrification, the Mission District of San Francisco, with its Victorian Painted Ladies, its painted and graffiti murals, music and street festivals plus restaurants of all varieties, is a multicultural mix, a visitors' treasure hunt, and a photographer’s paradise.
“Dick Evans captures it all with a sharp eye and crisp photographs to take the reader on a magic carpet ride through the Mission.”—James Prigoff, author, photographer, and lecturer on worldwide urban murals