Forty Blocks: Oakland’s Telegraph Avenue in photos

on January 22, 2013

A photography class at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism documented the Oakland stretch of Telegraph Avenue last fall in photos. This photo series, a sample of which can be seen in the above gallery, follows Telegraph Avenue from 51st Street in Temescal to the heart of downtown Oakland at 14th Street. The photos were shot between September and December of 2012. Click the arrows to navigate back and forth through the gallery, and use the camera icon on the map as a guide to see where each photo was taken.

Students Alicia Avila, Allison Bird, Marta Franco, Jessica Hankey, Ryan Loughlin, Megan Molteni and Justine Quart, coached by faculty and documentary photographer Ken Light, spent a few months biking, strolling and just hanging out on Telegraph Avenue to capture the life and activity happening on the busy main street, which runs from downtown Oakland all the way to Berkeley.

The class produced a book with more than 100 photos, titled “Forty Blocks.” A gallery show will be held in the coming months to showcase the students’ work. Purchase a copy here.


  1. Mr Freely on January 22, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    I want a copy!

  2. Mr Freely on January 28, 2013 at 8:15 am

    $60.00 !

  3. Pen on January 31, 2013 at 11:48 am


Photo by Basil D Soufi
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