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And When I Dream: Faces in San Franciscoby Bert Katz
Finalist for the Foreword Magazine 2003 Book of the Year Award in the category of Photography. Finalist for the 2003 Ben Franklin Award in the category of Design.
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The essence of San Francisco is its people. On doorsteps, in cafes and on sidewalks, Bert Katz listened to the dreamers, the eccentrics, the intellectuals, the comedians, the lovers and the loners of the City by the Bay reflect with intimate candor on their lives. And When I Dream: Faces in San Francisco juxtaposes these true stories — as told by the people who call San Francisco home — with photographs that come alive at each turn of the page.
And When I Dream is a celebration of life and its myriad emotions, of how we are all essential to the human experiment; it guarantees that you will never look at a stranger the same way again. And When I Dream coaxes our eyes open, awakens our hearts and enlightens our souls.
"This extraordinary book matches portraits shot on the streets of San Francisco with short interviews. These are human stories and casual, sad pictures. Families, jobs, love, dreams: These are the things Katz's subjects talk about. It's the details that get me: blueberry stains, teardrop tattoos, apple schnapps, frozen waffles. Katz is a listener; his subjects speak of life." Jeff Stark, Salon.com
"San Francisco is a city of enchanting, pixieish, benighted, dramatic, romantic, ambitious, laid-back, daring, cautious, free-thinking souls who together give the city a character unlike any other in the United States. In striking portraits and candid interviews Bert Katz captures all the variations of that character in a book that, once opened, cannot be closed until every word is read and every photo studied." Stuart H. Loory, University of Missouri, Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies, Journalist and author of CNN Reports: Seven Days that Shook the World
"Bert Katz has captured the slippery soul of San Francisco. And When I Dream is an urban scrapbook, Ellis Island on paper." Dan Briody has written for Rolling Stone, Red Herring, and Forbes
"I was interviewing Federico Fellini when the great director stopped me cold: 'There are no grotesque faces in my pictures,' the Italian legend said. 'You Americans are conditioned by Hollywood into viewing only bland, inoffensive humanity as reality, when that isn't reality at all.' It took me many years and now Bert Katz' extraordinary And When I Dream: Faces in San Francisco, to appreciate Fellini's reprimand: Katz' jarring collection of vivid photographs and soulful stories masquerades as cocktail-table entertainment before it hits us between the eyes with the force of a commando raid. This is powerful material, with the photographs and biographies offering the texture of tough, compact but sometimes lyrical novellas." John Huddy, a former Miami Herald critic, has produced and directed film and TV projects for Fox, CBS News, NBC Entertainment, Tri-Star and Paramount.
"And When I Dream is peopled with immigrants, doctors, clowns, former dominatrixes, and boys and girls next door. Many of the images aren't technically remarkable, but what they lack in formal beauty they make up in content....the arresting color photographs of Dream are accompanied by poetic biographies, told in the models' own words....Katz goes beyond "type" to find out what makes each individual tick." San Francisco Weekly
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