Lisa Kanemoto Photographs

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2022


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

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Publication Rights

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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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