Working Hands: Frank Silva Waterfront Photographs

Dates: February 1, 2018 to July 6, 2018
Location: Special Collections Gallery, LIB 462
Sponsor: Labor Archives and Research Center
Hours: Monday – Friday, 1 – 5 pm or by appointment
Cost: Free
Opening Reception: Thursday February 1, 2018 | 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | program 6 to 7 p.m.
Exhibit Contact: Labor Archives and Research Center
Phone: (415) 405-5571
Email: larc@sfsu.edu


Frank Silva was a longshoreman who photographed the life on the docks from 1978 through 1988. His photographs are highly compelling images of workers on the waterfront, documenting a significant period of change from break bulk cargo handling to mechanized containerization and the advent of globalization. Because he worked alongside the subjects in the pictures, Silva’s portrayals are very moving and reflect a rare trust and intimacy.

Exhibition opening on February 1st features a discussion with photographer Frank Silva, Brian McWilliams (former President of the ILWU), and Alexis Madrigal (creator of the podcast "Containers").