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Finding aid to the David Greene Shameless Photographs, 1974 Coll2013.011
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  • Title: David Greene Shameless photographs
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2013.011
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 10.0 b&w photographs.
    Date: 1974
    Abstract: Between February and August 1974, David Greene photographed men and women who challenged gender stereotypes. The Darkroom Gallery in Berkeley, California exhibited the images in the fall of that year. The collection includes ten of the fifty photographs that were exhibited in his show titled Shameless. The ten photographs capture twelve shameless gay men embracing their genderqueer identity.
    creator: Greene, David, 1950-

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] David Greene Shameless photographs, Coll2013-011, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Michael C. Oliveira, 2013.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.


    David Greene attended the University of Michigan, where he wrote and directed a feature length film, Pamela and Ian. After graduating, he relocated to San Francisco, California. Where he photographed men and women who challenged gender stereotypes. Fifty of his photographs were exhibited in a show titled Shameless. The show opened in Berkeley, California in 1974 with more than 200 people attending, most in drag. The exhibition then traveled to San Francisco in 1975 as Andy's Donuts, Center of the Universe. The exhibition subsequently traveled as Shameless to New York (1976), Chicago (1978), and Zurich (1979). Greene also photographed a series of images for the book Men Loving Men published by Gay Sunshine Press (1977).
    As of 2012, Greene has published three books, Unmentionables: A Novel (2010), Photographs (2012), and Detonate (2012) He lives in Chicago with his spouse, painter James Stephens.

    Related Archival Materials

    Box 85, folder 2, Men Loving Men, photographs by David Greene 1977, Gay Sunshine records, Coll2011-011, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.


    The date and method of acquisition for the nine 8x10 photographic prints remains unknown.
    The 11x14 photographic print of Tea Time, Three Revolutionaries, San Francisco was a gift of Ian Stulberg.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of nine 8x10 and one 11x14 black & white photographic prints from David Greene's show titled Shameless. The first exhibit of Shameless consisted of fifty photographic prints at The Darkroom Gallery in Berkeley, California.
    Greene photographed mostly friends in their own homes between February and August 1974. The subjects are "shameless" in living as gay men embracing their genderqueer identity. The collection also includes an article on the exhibit from Vector magazine, October 1974.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gay men--Portraits