This collection contains photographic
works produced by Ingeborg Gerdes as well as professional materials supporting her
photographic work, materials relating to her teaching career, and some correspondence.
Formats include exhibition and work prints, negatives, slides, contact sheets, exhibition
posters and flyers, press clippings, digital photographs, digital scans of photographic
film, and some PDF and Apple pages digital files. Topics include Early Travel, Out West,
Japan 1979, SF in the 1970s, Germany 1990s, and Autobiography.
Ingeborg Gerdes (1938-2020) was a German-American photographer. Born and raised in Germany,
Gerdes immigrated to the United States in 1965, first to Philadelphia, then to San
Francisco, where she received her Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute
(SFAI) in 1970. Gerdes had a particular artistic interest in documenting the American West,
and also photographed her many travels through Europe, Mexico, and Asia. She received two
National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, participated in two photography survey grants,
and exhibited her work in numerous individual and group exhibitions, both in the United
States and abroad. For over two decades, Gerdes taught photography in several California
institutions including UC Santa Cruz.
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Collection open for research. Digital files are available in the UCSC Special Collections
and Archives reading room. Some files may require reformatting before they can be accessed.
Technical limitations may hinder the Library's ability to provide access to some digital
files. Access to digital files on original carriers is prohibited; users must request to
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