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Barry Shapiro photograph archive
BANC PIC 2016.003  
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Photographic archive of San Francisco Bay Area based freelance commercial photographer Barry Shapiro. Images include photographs shot for documentary projects, magazine stories, commercial promotional work, and portraiture. Of note are his series on "handmade houses"; portraits of men dressing in drag in the late 1970s; portraits of African Americans and street scenes in San Francisco's Hunters Point neighborhood between 1972 and 1982, a series on twins, California skateboarding, and the Long Beach Pike.
Barry Lee Shapiro (March 22, 1941-October 17, 2009) was born in Chicago, Illinois. He attended California State University, Long Beach (B.A., Education, 1964) and University of Southern California (M.S., 1969), and worked as a teacher and administrator in a variety of schools, first in Southern California, then in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in special and alternative education. He served as principal of MacGregor High School in Albany, California, an alternative school serving students who had difficulties achieving their goals in traditional school settings, and as principal of Albany Adult School. Beginning in the early 1970s, Shapiro also worked as a professional photographer, with his photographs appearing in several books on home building and landscape gardening, in addition to his own books, Forbidden Fantasies (1980, with Mike Phillips), which profiled transvestites in San Francisco, and A Dangerously Curious Eye (2010), which documented the African American community of Hunter's Point, San Francisco and also featured work from his “Through the Window” series, shot from his car. Shapiro died of cancer at age 69 in 2009.
approximately 35,000 photographs (negatives, transparencies, slides, andphotographic prints)
Barry Shapiro's copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. In addition to copyright considerations, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html.
Portions of the collection are open for research. Photographic prints for the series (subject areas or projects) listed in this preliminary guide are available for use, with the exception of the large format exhibition prints (in B boxes), which require curatorial approval for use. Some library material is stored off-site and advance notice may be necessary for use. Consult the library’s catalog for updated details and restrictions.