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Finding Aid to the Morrie Camhi Photograph Archive, 1970-1988
BANC PIC 2005.109  
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    Collection Title: Morrie Camhi photograph archive
    Date (inclusive): 1970-1988
    Collection Number: BANC PIC 2005.109
    Photographer: Camhi, Morrie
    Extent: 31 boxes (circa 1,380 photographic prints and circa 11,630 negatives) : b&w ; 16 x 20 in. or smaller
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    B boxes 1, 5, 6, 9, 15 and 16 RESTRICTED EXHIBITION PRINTS. Consult finding aid for shelving locations of smaller use prints. Access to restricted prints only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.
    NEGATIVES RESTRICTED. Use of negatives only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries regarding these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.

    Conditions of Use

    Copyright retained by the photographer's heir for her lifetime, after which it has been granted to the library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Morrie Camhi photograph archive, BANC PIC 2005.109, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Camhi, Morrie--Archives.
    Agricultural laborers--California--Portraits.
    Mexican Americans--Portraits.
    Migrant agricultural laborers--California--Portraits.
    Personals--California--San Francisco Bay Area.
    Prisons--California-Vacaville--Officials and employees--Portraits.
    Single people--California--San Francisco Bay Area--Portraits.

    Administrative Information

    Gift of Lynn Camhi, 2004.

    Biography/Organization History

    Morrie Camhi was born in New York City in 1928 to Greek Jewish immigrant parents. He attended High School in Los Angeles and studied English literature at UCLA. After college, Camhi -- a self-taught photographer -- established a commercial photography business in Petaluma, where he would live for the remainder of his life. In 1972 he began to teach photography at San Francisco City College. He also taught at Stanford University, U.C. Berkeley, University of Oregon, Columbia College at Chicago, Sonoma State Univeristy, and Friends of Photography, among other locations. Morrie Camhi died in 1999.
    Morrie Camhi’s sister was Rebecca Camhi Fromer (1927-2012), who founded, with her husband Seymour Fromer, the Judah L. Magnes Museum (now the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at the Bancroft Library).

    Scope and Content Note

    Collection includes negatives and selected prints from Camhi’s major series of portraiture: Farmworkers, Petaluma, Espejo: Reflections of the Mexican-American, Jews of Greece, AD-Vantage, Roadside Attraction and The Prison Experience. Also includes negatives pertaining to other projects and subjects, as well as miscellaneous photographic prints, correspondence, financial records and other papers.
    The collection does not include any material pertaining to two of the photograher’s major projects: Haiku, and Journal.


    Some series descriptions include quotations taken from the photographer's website: http://www.stare.net/camhi/