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Finding Aid to the Fakir Musafar Archive
BANC PIC 2018.066  
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Chiefly photographs pertaining to Fakir Musafar and his work in body modification and related spiritual practice. This work focuses particularly on piercing as well as corseting, tattooing, branding, and other modifications identified with the "modern primitive" movement.
Fakir Musafar (born Roland Loomis) is known for his fifty years of research and personal exploration of primitive body decoration and rituals. Fakir introduced concepts and practices for the "body-first" approach to explore spirituality in art, body modifications, SM and what he called "body play". Fakir's practices have been shown and his views expressed in the 1985 film Dances Sacred & Profane, in the 2013 film Body Of God, and in RE/Search publications 1986 book Modern Primitives (a term Fakir coined in 1979 to describe himself and a few kindred spirits).
13400 photographs : approximately 13,400 photographs in 8 boxes (prints and text), 6 boxes (negatives), 1 carton (papers), 4 oversize boxes, 2 oversize folders
Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Roland Loomis's (Fakir Musafar's) copyright in this collection has been assigned to the University of California Regents. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies
Collection is open for research. Negatives and slides available by appointment only. Some specified materials have been restricted due to privacy concerns. Digital files are unprocessed and unavailable for use.