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Lisa Kanemoto Photographs
SFP 144  
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Description
Collection of 253 black and white photographic prints of documentary photograph projects by Lisa Kanemoto in San Francisco, California between 1977 and 1988. Projects include Chinatown and Japantown communities in San Francisco; students of Louise M. Lombard Special Education School, San Francisco; East Indians in the Bay Area, and gay and lesbian portraits for the book We Are.
Background
Elsbeth “Lisa” Kanemoto was born in Idar Oberstein, Germany in 1931. In 1958, Lisa married an American officer of Japanese descent, George Kanemoto and they had three children. Kanemoto began studying photography in 1972 and took classes at City College of San Francisco under Morrie Camhi. In the 1970s Kanemoto worked as a freelance photographer with regular contributions of photographic essays to San Francisco Examiner California Living. In the late 1970s to the 1990s, Kanemoto had several solo gallery shows around the San Francisco Bay Area. During that time two books were published: “We Are” and “Dark Mirror.” Lisa Kanemoto died on April 28, 2021 in San Diego, California.
Extent
2 flat boxes with 253 photographic prints
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish from photographs must be submitted in writing to the Photo Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
Availability
The collection is available for use during Photo Desk hours.