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City Lights Bookstore - Poetry Room by Michael Ashley

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Michael Ashley Michael Ashley
Explore score
2.27 Gigapixels
Date added
May 01, 2011
Date taken
Apr 30, 2011

City Lights Bookstore, North Beach, San Francisco

Photographs in this collection have been produced by Heather Do, Connor Rowe, Kathleen Markham, Alison Lowrie, Kenneth Chiu, Katie Salmond, Diana Chavez, Elena Toffalori, Ashley Vink, Aimee O'Dea, Liz Dolinar, Allison Barden, Justine Khoury, Daniele Alaniz-Roux, and Justin Thach at the request of Michael Ashley for the UC Berkeley Anthropology 136e class, Spring 2011. The purpose was to digitally document the cultural heritage of City Lights Bookstore to show the cultural and spatial relations between City Lights and Vesuvio Café. The images were intentionally framed and shot to show the close connection of the two places.

City Lights Bookstore (Latitude 37.79771, Longitude -122.40647) is located in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco at the Broadway and Columbus intersection. Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter Martin founded City Lights Books in 1953. They created the first all-paperback bookstore in the United States. Today, it is known as “one of the few truly independent bookstores in the United States where people come to witness what is described as a “Literary Landmark (City Lights).” The bookstore was popular with the “beatnik” generation and the “Beat’s legacy of anti-authoritarian politics and insurgent thinking (City Lights).” While the area around the bookstore has changed, there continues to be a strong beatnik influence in the store as seen in the types of books offered. The store has expanded since opening in 1953, and now offers three floors of new-release hardcovers and paperbacks (City Lights). In 2001, City Lights was dedicated as a historic landmark. Today, Ferlinghetti co-owns the store with Nancy Peters.

Photographs in this collection were shot on April 11, 2011 between 7:30 am and 5:00 pm Pacific Time under semi-cloudy and sunny conditions. Photos were captured on the following cameras: Canon DSLR XTI/T2i, S95, Sony Cybershot, Canon Powershot. Lenses used include: Macro 60mm, Telephoto 70-200, Canon T2i 18-55mm, Canon XTI 17-85mm. A tripod was used for time-lapse, Gigapan, macro, telephoto, HDR, and photogrammetry shots. Smartphones were also used for documentation shots and Geo-tagging. The photos were post-processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.

Description written by Katie Salmond, following Addison’s proposed virtual heritage metadata format in his chapter “The Vanishing Virtual” in New Heritage: New Media and Cultural Heritage, edited by Kalay, et al., and published by Routledge in 2007.

Further information about City Lights bookstore can be found at www.citylights.com Will open in a new tab or window.All photos Copyright ©2011 Center for Digital Archaeology, Berkeley CA, licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC 3.0

For more information contact Center for Digital Archaeology, Berkeley, CA, 94720 or visit www.codifi.info/licensing Will open in a new tab or window

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