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Lisa Kanemoto Photographs
SFP 144  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Additional collection guides

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Lisa Kanemoto Photographs
    Dates: 1977-1988
    Collection Number: SFP 144
    Creator/Collector: Kanemoto, Lisa
    Extent: 2 flat boxes with 253 photographic prints
    Repository: San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center
    San Francisco, California 94102
    Abstract: 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.
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    The collection is available for use during Photo Desk hours.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    Lisa Kanemoto Photographs. San Francisco Public Library. San Francisco History Center

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the photographer. 1998-50.

    Biography/Administrative History

    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.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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. Folder titles supplied by photographer.

    Indexing Terms

    Chinese Americans -- California -- San Francisco -- Pictorial works
    Japanese Americans -- California -- San Francisco.
    Gays -- Portraits
    Lesbians -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Portraits.
    Children with disabilities -- California -- San Francisco -- Portraits
    East Indians -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area -- Portraits
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
    Chinatown (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Pictorial works
    Japantown (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Photographic prints
    Portraits
    Group portraits
    Photojournalism

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