Photographs and negatives of the Long Beach earthquake, 1933, Woodie Guthrie, Fred Ross, and the Shafter farm labor camp,
1941, a Los Angeles labor demonstration, 1945, the Hollywood strike, 1945, and many informal and formal photographs from the
Yosemite camera workshops with Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, 1941-42. Included is a 24-page typescript, "The Queen of Montgomery
Street," by her husband, John M. Weatherwax.
Emigrating from Tsarist Russia with her parents in 1913 to escape
persecution and the conscription
act, Seema graduated from high school and began studying science courses in
Leeds, England. A few
years after her father's death, her mother took the three daughters to
Boston to join relatives, and Seema became involved in photography. She moved to Southern California in
1929, lived in Tahiti in 1931, 32 for a year and back to Southern California where she joined the
film and photo league in 1934. Ansel Adams asked her in 1938 to run his darkroom in Yosemite and
assist him in his work. She helped him with his First Camera Workshop in Yosemite in 1939. In 1941
Seema met the writer Jack Weatherwax and with him and Woody Guthrie visited the Shafter Farm
Security Administration Camp where she photographed Dust Bowl refugees and their surroundings. Since
Jack's death in 1985, Seema has continued her activism in Santa Cruz and has had several
exhibits of her work.
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