Currently lives in Berkeley, California
Janet Delaney's artwork focuses on issues of transformation. Her projects can be literal, as in her documentation of the gentrification of the South of Market district in San Francisco and the story of the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua; or more figurative, as in her poetic works Housebound and Trees: Between Chaos and Grace.
Delaney's photography has received numerous awards, most notably three National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her work is in the collections of SFMOMA, the Pilara Foundation, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, the Musée de la Photographie a Charleroi in Belgium, Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Delaney has shown her photographs nationally in solo and group exhibitions. In 2011 she was invited to curate an exhibition of contemporary American photography in New Delhi, India. She recently published a book of her 1980s images of San Francisco, South of Market, with MACK books of London, and is now revisiting this district, camera in hand.
Delaney received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has taught photography throughout the Bay Area. For the past 14 years she has been a lecturer in visual studies at the University of California, Berkeley.