The Italians Of The Bay Area: The Photographs of Gino Sbrana

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The Italians Of The Bay Area: The Photographs of Gino Sbrana

These images are part of the life work of Italian immigrant Gino Sbrana, who started his American life in San Francisco as a vegetable peddler. By 1911, he had launched a large photographic studio, Pisa Foto, at Columbus and Broadway in San Francisco. Later, Gino founded a studio in Oakland and in 1919, settled in San Jose. Not content to confine his artistry to the formally posed studio portrait, he traveled over the Bay Area countryside with his large wooden field camera, using soft light on the shady side of barns or under large oaks to capture his fellow countrymen. Gino posed them in the coastal mist with machetes poised to harvest cauliflower, perched atop their brand new motorcycles, assembled trucks loaded with produce from the fields, sleeves rolled up and holding their vino. 

ISBN: 9780738546643

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Date: 09/20/2006

State: California

Series: Images of America

Images: 200

Pages: 128

Dimensions: 6.5(w) x 9.25(h)

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