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Stephen Schafer • Schaf Photo Studios
Architectural & HABS | HAER | HALS Photography
Phone: 415-857-HAER
E-Mail: [email protected]

Stephen Schafer (AKA: Schäf) specializes in architectural photography of our inherited environment. Having completed over one hundred large format documentations to date, Schafer is an expert in the documentation of buildings and sites with a practiced understanding of historic structures. His work ranges from bridges and subway tunnels to skyscrapers and Spanish colonial adobes, documenting historic homes, cultural landscapes, and built technology projects in twenty states and on the island of Guam. These archival documentations are transmitted to the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections at the Library of Congress.

Schafer's client list is diverse: The cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Riverside, Alameda, Santa Monica, San Jose, Culver City, Monterey Park, Berkeley and the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, the San Diego Unified, LA Unified, and Long Beach School Districts, Cornell University, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz, Pepperdine University, UCLA, the San Francisco Presidio Trust, the Getty Conservation Institute, the LA Conservancy, Caltrans, Caltrain, LA Metro Rail, SCE, PG&E, SDG&E, EBMUD, El Paso Gas Co., NASA, GSA, USGS, the National Park Service, the US Bureau of Reclamation, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command, and California State Parks among others he is not allowed to talk about.

He was chosen by Ken Bernstein to document historic Los Angeles for the bestselling coffee table book: Preserving Los Angeles (Angel City Press, 2021). His documentary photographs have been used to nominate sites to the National Register of Historic Places and as CEQA and NEPA mitigation measures.

He has lectured on HABS photography and historic preservation at the American Planning Association Conference, for the Association for Preservation Technology International, and at the National Archives in Washington, D. C., and he regularly lectures on HABS/HAER/HALS at USC and for California Preservation Foundation educational programs.