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Historic Telegraph Avenue photos to be displayed

By kbender
Monday, March 16th, 2009 at 1:44 pm in Uncategorized.

Whatever protests, demonstrations or civil unrest happens in Berkeley these days, it will never compare to Berkeley’s 1960s scene. Photographer Elio De Pisa was there and he took thousands of photographs of happenings in and around  Telegraph Avenue’s Caffe Mediterraneum.

De Pisa, a native of Rome, managed Telegraph Avenue’s Caffe Mediterraneum between 1960 and 1972 and  again from 1978-1990. He was seldom without his Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera. At that time the owners  had a strictly enforced policy of no photography inside the cafe, with De Pisa being the only exception.
De Pisa, died in 2002 at age 68 but his pictures live on. Between 7 and 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, his wife Diane De Pisa, will discuss some of the photographs that will be on display through June 18. A book, De Pisa’s “photo diary” of the times, is being compiled by his wife with the help of designer Lucien Delia and photographer Nick Cedar.
For more information contact ddepisa@att.net. Caffe Mediterraneum is at 2475 Telegraph Ave. in Berkeley.

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One Response to “Historic Telegraph Avenue photos to be displayed”

  1. Judy Says:

    i lived in berkeley during those days, and i would love to know if you have any pics of me on telegraph avenue. i used to be a street musician, played dobro guitar and sang blues and I did hang around the Med and across the street from there quite a bit, playin and singing

    how can i see this collection??? i currently live about a 3 hour drive from the bay area

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