Our Mission

The Bob Mizer Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of progressive and controversial photography and believes that the most disputed works of art are the most important to the progress of society.


  • As a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit, our mission is driven by the need to preserve Bob Mizer's archives, which include over two million photographic works, and his equipment, props, sets, and remaining personal effects. In addition, The Foundation holds works by some of Mizer's contemporaries and successors, including George Quaintance, Bruce Bellas, and Dave Martin, and exhibits photographic shows by artists producing works that visually, politically, or otherwise push mainstream societal boundaries.


    We intend to spur thought and discussion in our San Francisco institution through protection and exposure of photography that has been discriminated against or otherwise marginalized. Teaching the public and disseminating educational material in relation to photographic artwork created by LGBT artists including, but not limited to, publications, exhibitions, workshops is the heart of our Foundation.


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