An older man standing behind a barber's chair in a shop with walls covered in photographs

Mitch Ortiz posing in his barbershop with his collection of photographs, c. 2008. (Gift of Mitch Ortiz, The Mitch Ortiz Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

Mitch Ortiz owned the barbershop on the northeast corner of Lansing and Ukiah Streets from 1975 to 2009. He photographed all his customers and pinned the photographs on his wall. His collection, which is now housed at the Kelley House Museum, can be seen on the wall behind him.

Can you help us identify Mitch’s customers? Although the Kelley House has names for some of his large collection, there are still many more unknown faces. If you think you might be able to recognize someone on Mitch’s wall, please contact to schedule an appointment to flip thru our photo binders.

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