Morrie Camhi (1928-1999)
Sister Ann - Palm Reader, ca 1980
gelatin silver print
image 8 x 10
|Morrie Camhi (1928-1999)
His work covered many subjects, including prisoners, Mexican Americans, farmworkers, the Jews of Greece, and his home town of Petaluma.
Morrie was born in New York. He served as a photographer in the Signal Corps during the Korean War. While a student at UCLA, he supported himself working as a lab technician in a commercial studio. After graduation, he embarked on a career as an advertising photographer and eventually had his own studio in Los Angeles.
In 1969, in pursuit of personal interests, he left commercial work and began a teaching career in the photography department at City College of San Francisco. He started the projects that expressed his interests.
Morrie's photographs have been exhibited in many galleries both here and abroad, including Japan, New Zealand, and Greece. His images are in the collections of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, Duke University, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Francisco Museum of Fine Art, etc. They have also appeared in numerous photography magazines and books. Two collections of his work have been published, Faces and Facets and The Prison Experience.