Title:Sam Cherry portraits of Charles Bukowski
Creator/Contributor:Cherry, Sam., creator
Portraits of Charles Bukowski posing in various settings: sitting in a shack; lying in bed with a baby doll and beer bottles;
standing in the lobby of an unidentified building; leaning on a pole at a street corner (perhaps in Los Angeles?), etc.
Date:ca. 1960 (issued)
Bukowski, Charles -- Portraits
Authors, American -- 20th century -- Portraits
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Portraits
All prints signed, some numbered, by the photographer: Sam Cherry.
Title devised by cataloger.
Sam Cherry portraits of Charles Bukowski, BANC PIC 2012.102, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift ; of Neeli Cherkovski ; 2012.
Sam Cherry was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1913. After his family moved to California, he began to practice photography,
documenting the Great Depression and, in the 1940s, the bohemian cultural scene of San Francisco. Cherry later became close
friends with writer Charles Bukowski. In the 1960s Cherry opened Cherry's Bookstore and Art Gallery in San Bernardino. Later
photography projects included the documentation of the destruction of California's citrus industry, and the inhabitants of
Los Angeles' Skid Row. Sam Cherry died in 2009. His wife Clare Cherry (1919-1990) was an educator and author who specialized
in early childhood development and the practice of art in early childhood education. Some of her books are illustrated by
her husband's photography. Sam and Clare's son Neeli Cherkovski is a San Francisco-based poet and biographer.
1 folder (5 photographic prints) : 51 x 41 cm or smaller.
BANC PIC 2012.102--B