Overlapping identification documents show photographs of various people from different time periods

San Francisco IDentities

11 March - 18 June 2023
San Francisco History Center Exhibit Space - 6th Fl
Main Library

100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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San Francisco IDentities shows bureaucratic identification practices, complexities of identification photography and asks questions about identity, identification and belonging. 

Various items pulled from the archives of the San Francisco History Center and James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center are on display, including mug shots, passports, licenses, alien enemy registrations, club memberships and class photos. These documents illuminate the history of identification photography and act as lenses that reflect issues of class, gender and race. 


Related program: Hands on History: Identification Photos into Context, Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m., Main Library, 6th Floor 

Companion exhibit: Artists in the Archive, on view March 11 – June 8, Main Library, 6th Floor