Honorable Mention

MissFortune in Ross Alley

  • Photographer
    Francesca Balaguer
  • Company/Studio
    Francesca Balaguer
  • Date of Photograph
    April 16, 2010
  • Technical Info
    Digital Capture

MissFortune in Ross Alley is an image that explores the past and present of San Francisco's first alley. Located in Chinatown, Ross Alley was known for its gambling and brothels in the 19th century. Today, it is home to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory that draws in many visitors and tourists each day. The image features the seductive MissFortune, wrapped in a giant fortune that references the famous cookie lore of adding "in bed" to any fortune to turn it into a sexual innuendo. Young school girls visiting the fortune cookie factory are captured in the background. Many mahjong chips and cookies are scattered on the floor. The juxtaposition of these characters and symbols touch on the alley's dark past to it's present wholesome identity.

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