Morrie Camhi photographs, 1960s-2012 and undated
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- Camhi, Morrie
- Documentary photographer and instructor based in Petaluma, California; died in 1999. Collection features 167 black-and-white prints of documentary photographer Camhi's work on five projects: ADVantage, a series of portraits of individuals who have written personal want ads; Espejo and Farmworkers, which explore Mexican American labor activism and the lives of undocumented immigrants; Jews of Greece, portraits of Jewish people living in various places in Greece; and The Prison Experience, which documents inmates,their families, and staff of the California State Prison at Vacaville and their answers to the question Camhi posed to them about what they would like people to know about life in prisons. The gelatin silver prints range in size from 8.5x13.5 to 10.25x13.25 inches; most are in 16x20 inch mats. The collection of prints is accompanied by approximately five hundred original negatives and slides, many featuring Camhi's own family as well as several photographic projects not represented in the prints series. Acquired by the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
- 12 Linear Feet
Approx. 800 Items
- Material in English
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Collection features 167 black-and-white prints of documentary photographer Camhi's work on five projects, two of which are inter-related: "ADVantage," a series of intimate portraits in their homes of individuals who have written personal want ads; "Espejo" and "Farmworkers," which explore the dimensions of Mexican American activism and the lives of undocumented farmworkers; Jews of Greece, a study of individual Jews living in various places in Greece; and "The Prison Experience," which documents the lives and concerns of prisoners in a California State Prison at Vacaville and their answers to the question Camhi posed to them about what they would like people to know about the prison experience. The gelatin silver prints range in size from 8.5x13.5 to 10.25x13.25 inches, with many in 16x20 inch mats.
The collection of prints is accompanied by over 500 original negatives and slides, many featuring Camhi's own family. The negatives and slides also contain images associated with other photographic projects not represented in the prints series, including "Roadside Attraction" and "Haiku."
Acquired by the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
- Biographical / historical:
Morrie Camhi was born in New York City in 1928, a descendant of Greek Sephardic Jews, and died in 1999 in Petaluma, California, where he lived with his family. He majored in English Literature at UCLA, then went on to a career in commercial photography; in the late 1960s he sold his business and began focusing on documentary work and teaching photography at San Francisco's City College. His work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and in Chicago and New York, as well as galleries and museums in Europe, Israel, Japan and New Zealand, and his photographs have also been published in many books and photography journals.
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- The Morrie Camhi photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a purchase in March 2013.
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Processed by Joanne Fairhurst, Paula Jeannet, May 2013
Encoded by Joanne Fairhurst, Paula Jeannet, May 2013
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2013-0094
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- Prisons -- California -- Social conditions
Prisons -- California -- Pictorial works
Prisoners -- Attitudes -- California
California -- Emigration and immigration -- Pictorial works
Inmates of institutions -- Attitudes
Mexican Americans -- California -- Social conditions
Immigrants -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social conditions
Hispanic Americans -- Politics and government
Mexican Americans -- California -- Pictorial works
Jews, Greek -- Pictorial works
Documentary Photography -- California
Community life -- Greece -- Pictorial works
Hispanic Americans -- California -- Social conditions
Documentary Photography -- Greece
Personals -- Case studies
Agricultural laborers -- California -- Pictorial works
Agricultural laborers -- Political activity -- California
- Black-and-white photographs
Gelatin silver prints
- California State Prison at Vacaville
- Petaluma (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
Greece -- Pictorial works
California -- Social conditions
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