Saltworks and Shorelines: a Visual and Social History of the San Francisco Bay

Wednesday Mar 12 2014   7:30 PM
Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics  518 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA  map

Cris Benton, author of Saltscapes, has used kite photography to document the surprisingly beautiful salt ponds of the South Bay, while Matthew Booker’s Down By the Bay is one of the best recent histories of the long, complicated, and contradictory relationship of urbanizing humans and the amazing inland estuary we enjoy as the Bay. Join Benton and Booker for a conversation about the San Francisco Bay as part of the Shaping San Francisco’s Public Talks.

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Cris BentonCris Benton is a retired professor of architecture and former department chair at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was engaged in teaching and research in the Building Science Laboratory as well as a program of post-occupancy building case studies. His kite aerial photography in the South Bay began during a sabbatical year spent as artist in residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and it has continued under special use permits from the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The resulting images documenting the salt ponds have been shown at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Exploratorium, and the Coyote Point Museum, as well as conferences and art galleries. Benton’s aerial images have been used by over one hundred nonprofit agencies.