In 1906, San Francisco was struck by a 7.8 earthquake, followed by devastating fires that raged through the city for 4 days. In total, 80% of San Francisco was destroyed.
109 years later, I created this book to document the tragedy and humanity of the earthquake and subsequent fires. Using the beauty of the black and white photography of the time and a sparse color palette, I pulled as many first-person interviews and eye-witness accounts as possible to give the reader a sense of what the 'quake was like for the San Franciscans on the ground.
Much of San Francisco's current landscape today is informed by the 1906 earthquake, and making this book was an excellent way for me to learn about my city's history.