Streetcars of San Francisco

San Francisco has amassed one of the most unique and beautiful collections of operational streetcars, trolleys, and trams from around the world. If you walk down Market Street or the Embarcadero you can see these classically designed streetcars moving through the city. 

I’m fascinated by these historic forms of transportation interweaving throughout the modern city. My mission is to photograph and catalog each individual streetcar to understand this collection on a deeper level. In order to highlight the unique design features of each vehicle, the subject is isolated from its background and transformed into a visual and historical analysis of form, color, design, and culture. The city of San Francisco is abstracted as an overlay of colors and skylines, situating each street car in its modern day environment, while allowing the cars themselves to shine. 

The photos are printed on archival digital paper, mounted on wood, and sealed in resin. 

Powell & Mason Car Market Street Railway Company No.578 Built 1896

Los Angeles Transit Lines No1080 Built 1946

Minneapolis, St.Paul Minnesota No1071 Built 1947

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania No1062 Built 1948

Muni Wings No1008 Built 1948 

Boston Elevated Railway No.1059 Built 1948

Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company No1060 Built 1947

Toronto, Canada No1074 Built 1946

El Paso, Texas; Juarez, Mexico No1073 Built 1947

San Francisco Municipal Railway 1950s No.1006 Built 1948

San Francisco Municipal Railway 1960s No.1051 Built 1948

Milan, Italy No1895 Built 1928

San Francisco Muni No1 Built 1912

Chicago Illinois No.1058 Built 1948

Cincinnati, Ohio No1057 Built 1948