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"Frida," one of the murals San Francisco photographer Richard Evans took for his book "The Mission," the subject of a talk coming up at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. 

San Francisco photographer Richard Evans will present a slideshow presentation and book talk on his new work, “The Mission” from 3-5 p.m.on Saturday, May 19 at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art in Napa.

“The Mission,” a documentary photography book, explores the soul of the diversity and color of San Francisco’s Mission District through its quintessential art form, the community murals that allow the walls and streets to tell their own story of heritage and transformation. The 162-page book contains 178 photographs.

Shots of bold murals are accompanied by quotes, poems, and essays from the Mission’s own artists, writers, and leaders, as well as photographs of residents, architecture, and daily life. The book features aforeword by Juan Felipe Herrera, the current U.S. Poet Laureate.

Driven by murals and musings on the history and influence of Mexican and Central American culture in the Mission, “The Mission” also celebrates the role of women in molding and unifying the identity of the community.

Evans, a San Francisco resident, also collaborated with Ben Fong-Torres, former founding editor of Rolling Stone magazine, to write “The Haight- Ashbury Edition,” a visual depiction of San Francisco’s famous Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

All of the proceeds from The Mission will go to the Precita Eyes Muralists Association an inner city organization dedicated to enriching communities through public mural art and to Heyday’s nonprofit publishing activities.

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