“I’ve truly seen it all in this town, everything from being shot at from pointblank range to witnessing the birth of my two beautiful children. I can’t really see myself living any place else, and I never get bored roaming the streets with a camera.” — Travis Jensen, on his adopted city of San Francisco.
Travis Jensen has a knack for connecting with people and getting them to bear their souls…
Scouring the streets of San Francisco on a daily basis, Jensen doesn’t just photograph the unique, eclectic characters and environment of the city, he brings his subjects kicking and screaming to life — exploring the real street life and personalities that few tourists get to see. If you’re a “fixture” on the streets of San Francisco, chances are Travis already knows you, has interacted with you, traded life stories, learned about your past, or shared a drink with you. And of course…has photographed you.
Travis’s relentless passion for shooting photos has resulted in his deeply personal, striking and unapologetic work being exhibited numerous times, while appearing in a variety of print and online publications. He’s also collaborated with multiple big-name companies and has published several books. But his pursuit of photography has never been about making money. Most of the profits from his photos and books are donated to Larkin Street Youth Services — a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that provides various support services for at-risk youth living on the street.
As an at-risk youth himself once — coming to San Francisco fresh out of high school and becoming immersed in the thriving skateboard scene — Jensen believes in giving back to the city that raised him and taught him so much. “Growing up” in the city, the streets have never quite left him — and he has a special understanding of his home and its inhabitants that is uniquely reflected in his stunning candid shots and street portraits.
Apple, Elton John’s Rocket Music, The Jewish Contemporary Museum, Guerrero Gallery San Francisco, Harvey Milk Photo Center – San Francisco, The Gensler Group, Shutterfly, Whole Foods, OM Records, Acme Made, Hipstamatic, DVS Shoes, DGK Skateboards, Heel Bruise Clothing, Western Edition Skateboards, and Flipboard.
Print and online publications:
“The San Francisco Chronicle,” “SF Weekly, “SF Bay Guardian,” “Juxtapoz,” “San Francisco Magazine,” “Esquire Magazine,” “Wired,” NPR.org, Petapixel.com, “Snap Magazine,” and “The Bold Italic,” amongst others.
- “People Are Strange” – Monochrome Study of San Francisco’s Colorful Characters – We Heart Magazine (UK) – [see here]
- San Francisco Street Photography by Travis Jensen at Gensler SF – Juxtapoz Magazine – [see here]
- La San Francisco infinitamente reale di Travis Jensen – Il Sole 24 Ore (Italian Newspaper) – [see here]
- (Video) Travis Jensen: B&W San Francisco – Mission Local – [see here]
- (Video) More Than Photography feat. Travis Jensen/Brad Evans – [see here]
- (Video) Brainstorm: Travis Jensen Photography – DGK Skateboards – [see here]
- Travis Jensen Captures Life on the Street – Digital Trends - [see here]
- Travis Jensen’s “Wish You Were Here” – Juxtapoz Magazine - [see here]
- Travis Jensen: Skateboarding Down Hill – San Francisco Chronicle - [see here]
- Cult of Mac: 5 Tips for Publishing Your iPhone Photos as a Book – [see here]
- Shooting Stars – The Bold Italic [see here]
- Amp Up Your Street Cred Interview and Feature – Hipstamatic’s “Snap” Magazine [see here]
- A Father’s Life: One Dad’s Perspective – Shutterfly.com Feature [see here]
- Where I Dwell: Street Photos by Travis Jensen – Mobile Photo Awards [see here]
- Framework: Brotographers – San Francisco Chronicle [see here]
- Cult of Mac: 6 Tips for Better Street Photography with Your iPhone: Interview w/ Travis Jensen [see here]
- ‘iSNAPSF’ @ Haus of Hipstamatic – San Francisco Chronicle [see here]
- Juxtapoz Magazine: #iSnapSF @ The Haus of Hipstamatic [see here]
- Travis Jensen Interview for WeAreJuxt [see here]
- Shooting People: Street Photography by Travis Jensen for Shutterfly.com [see here]
- ‘Tenderloin USA’ photos conjure a neighborhood – San Francisco Chronicle [see here]
- “Tenderloin USA” – The Bold Italic [see here]