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Friezer Photography for Occidental College

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Located near the Friezers' Eagle Rock home, Occidental College became a major client for Henk and Joe. This exhibit features a selection of images shot for Oxy. Many of the images come from our own photo archives - an overlap that underlines our happiness in housing the Friezer Photography Negative Collection.

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Friezer Photography in the Northeast Newspapers

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Henk and Joe Friezer were the primary photographers for the Northeast Newspapers through the 1960s and 1970s. Occidental College Special Collections is working in collaboration with the Eagle Rock Valley Historical Society and the Highland Park Heritage Trust to digitize and make accessible the extensive collection of NELA Newspapers, including many years published by Northeast Newspapers. The Friezer Photography Negatives Collection allows us access to high-quality originals of images featured in the Northeast Newspapers. 

The images in this exhibit are selected from the Friezers coverage of two separate months, September 1969 and October 1973. Only a small set of images are currently digitally available for these months, but complete decades of news coverage are in our collection in negative format.


This exhibit was curated by Special Collections intern Myka Kielbon in July 2016.

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Friezer Photography

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The Joe and Henk Friezer Photography Negatives is a collection of roughly 100,000+ photography negatives ranging from 1949-2002, with the bulk of the collection starting from the 1950s. The collection also includes related materials such as print photographs and artifacts related to the Friezer Photography business. The Joe and Henk Friezer Photography Negatives is the collected work of father and son photographers Joe and Henk Friezer, freelance photographers who lived in and built their studio in Los Angeles. The pair photographed many local community and family events such as weddings and private events; numerous local and national businesses and organizations, including Occidental College, the Los Angeles Public Library, and Coca Cola; numerous photographs in local newspapers such as the Northeast Newspapers, South Pasadena Review, and San Marino Tribune; and a wide range of events of historical significance, both nationally and locally. The collection, the bulk of which spans from 1955 to 2002 and which focuses heavily on Northeast Los Angeles where the photographers were based, captures the changes in the Northeast Los Angeles region through photojournalism, portraits, and commercial photography for local businesses and organizations.

Interested in learning more? Explore the world of Friezer Photography through this Occidental College, Special Collections & College Archives digital exhibit!

New! Starting May 2016, the Friezer Photography Negative collection will be showcased in the Occident College Academic Commons as a temporary exhibit.

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