(San Francisco Chronicle) Seven years after he started taking pictures, Sebastien Bachar sold his first photograph, now on permanent display at the new headquarters of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Not bad for a 9-year-old.
The prize was $700. "I put $500 in savings, and I'll use the other $200 for toys," said Sebastien, a fourth-grader at Clarendon Alternative Elementary School in the city.
His 20-by-27-inch picture of a Bolinas Bay sunset, taken during a camping trip at Steep Ravine near Stinson Beach, was among 200 or so winners chosen recently from 4,000 entries in a public competition seeking artwork for the new PUC building, said Jill Manton, director of the public art trust and special initiatives at the San Francisco Arts Commission. She selected 150 more images from 10,000 photos in the PUC's own archive.
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