The March exhibit in the Step Up Gallery will feature Roger Lieberman's exhibit, Dogpatch and Environs. Dogpatch is an historic neighborhood in eastern San Francisco. It is rather small, stretching from 18th Street to 25th Street and from the Bay to Indiana Street (5 Blocks). The area has been home to the shipbuilding industry and slaughterhouses. Feral dogs obtained their food from the refuse of the slaughterhouses, hence the name Dogpatch.
Today the area is being transformed by new development, but the community has been actively and successfully involved in being certain that the historic buildings retain their intrinsic character. These photographs are my attempt to document these structures before they are lost. My hope is that you will be stimulated to come to the area before it is fully “modernized”.
New York City is Lieberman's home town. He grew up riding the subways, roaming at will. His preferred haunts were Village jazz bars and Yankee Stadium. Under-age and broke, juvenile creativity was required to get near both. The Museum of Modern Art and the downtown galleries were his fascination. When his dad gifted him a “Brownie,” it all came together through the viewfinder.
A move to San Francisco in the ‘70’s opened new doors for Roger Lieberman. Great photographers like Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and Jerry Uelsmann were accessible and he was fortunate to participate in workshops with them. These experiences brought a new awareness of the power of communication via the well-made image. Adolescence in an urban background biased his vision. City images worked. The rural landscape environment did not. The attraction to subject matter abstract, hard edged and expressive of urban behaviors has remained constant.
You can find more of Roger Lieberman's work at his website, RogerLieberman.com.
Roger Lieberman—Mariposa Tunnel
Roger Lieberman—Powerhouse Turbine
Roger Lieberman—Pier 70 Window