Information for Researchers
Collection Title: Morrie Camhi photograph archive
Date (inclusive): 1970-1988
Collection Number: BANC PIC 2005.109
31 boxes (circa 1,380 photographic prints and circa 11,630 negatives) : b&w ; 16 x 20 in. or smaller
The Bancroft Library.
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Information for Researchers
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.
[Identification of item], Morrie Camhi photograph archive, BANC PIC 2005.109, The Bancroft Library, University of California,
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
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.
Gift of Lynn Camhi, 2004.
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/