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Colors of the Tenderloin: Photography by Darwin Bell

Join us for a Museum Store opening reception of Colors of the Tenderloin: Photography by Darwin Bell. As Darwin Bell sees it, San Francisco has always been well known for being a haven for artists, weirdoes and the alternative fringe. Because of this, it has always been a place of immense and constant metamorphosis. As soon as he picked his first camera, Darwin’s mission has been to document his city in all it’s glory and neglect; to record its changes, as to be a reminder of not only where it has been but where it is heading.  Since moving to The Tenderloin, he has thrilled at recording the beauty and history of this iconic neighborhood. Even in the most sordid of areas there is beauty to be found and that has always been one of the greatest joys of living in San Francisco.


Born and raised in Seattle, but transplanted to San Francisco in 1988, Darwin considers The City to be his true home. Always drawing inspiration from his surroundings, his recent move to The Tenderloin has invigorated his creative drive for documenting what makes San Francisco so unique and fascinating. Specializing in colors and composition, The Tenderloin has been a literal playground for Darwin’s photographic eye. Having previously shown in restaurants and stores throughout the city, including La Movida Wine Bar, Rare Device, Den and Swirl on Castro, Darwin is thrilled to to be exhibiting his photos at The Tenderloin Museum. His photos have been featured on several websites, such as SFist, CurbedSF and TimeOut NY, as well as magazines 7x7, SF Weekly and the cover of San Francisco Magazine.

Join us for a lively evening with music and refreshments, Thursday June 30th from 6:30-9pm and see the Tenderloin through the lens of photographer Darwin Bell.