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Gene Weber slides, photographs and artifacts
1993-22  
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Description
Photographic materials and artifacts belonging to Gene Weber, a documentary photographer who is best known for his images of San Francisco S/M, bondage, and leather culture. Majority of collection is composed of Weber's slides but also includes photographs and contact sheets, film, and a small amount of correspondence.
Background
Gene Weber (1930-1992) was a photographer of San Francisco gay life during the 1970s and 1980s whose work documents many of his hobbies and interests, including travel, S&M, and San Francisco's leather community. Born in 1930 in Burbank, CA, Weber lived in the Bay Area for over 40 years, earning a B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley. By profession, Weber was a successful stockbroker, financial advisor, and tax consultant. He was also a frequent traveler, a gourmet cook, and a founding member of the Burgundy Wine Tasting Society. Weber was a gifted photographer whose documentary style captured the San Francisco S/M and leather communities throughout San Francisco in the 1970s and 1980s. His work was published in Drummer magazine, alongside such articles as "Famous Dungeons of San Francisco", "Body Casting", and the "Gay Sports" column featuring Weber’s underwater fisting photos. Weber would often project these and similar works for men in his Upper Terrace San Francisco home, projecting slides at various speeds to create a fluid, movie-like experience from multi-media 35mm projections. In October of 1992, after living with AIDS for more than five years, Weber passed away at Fort Miley Veterans Hospital in San Francisco.
Extent
3 cartons; 1 manuscript box; 4 oversize boxes; 1 item (8 linear feet)
Restrictions
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Managing Archivist at the GLBT Historical Society. Permission to publish is given on behalf of the Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner.
Availability
Collection is open for research. Funding for processing this collection was provided by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).