Tabitha Soren’s photographs investigate the difficulties of everyday living. Whether it’s the disquieting images of people in looming danger in Running, or the anxiety-inspired oceans capes of Panic Beach, Soren is interested in what humans can and cannot endure. For her newest collection, Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream, Soren spent over a decade following 21 members of the Oakland A’s 2002 draft class. The resulting phonebook reflects the players’ dreams as well as today’s dystopian sensibilities. In 1999, Soren left a successful career in television, most notably with MTV, to become a photographer. Her work appears in several public collections including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum of California, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere.
An exhibition of 190 photographs from Fantasy Life is on view through December 15, 2017 as part of the San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries program. This exhibition can be viewed Monday-Friday from 8am-8pm at San Francisco City Hall’s Lower Level and North Light Court. Free and open to the public. More information here.