Continuing with our video chronicles of the San Francisco 49ers (See: Part I, II & III), we take a literal behind-the-scenes look into Michael Zagaris’ photo archive, as he explains his artistic revelation as a visual documentarian.
Z-man took us into his archive room in his loft in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco, which turned out to be an amazing treasure chest of history that few have seen—essentially, a 49ers fan's reverie.
Funny that few know it even exists.
This archive houses never-before-seen photos, Super Bowl ticket stubs (Z has worked 35 total), old-fashioned pennants, shelves of binders labeled “Montana” and “Training Camp” with the year etched in next to it—it has it all.
This next clip takes place in his back room where the bulk of his work lines the shelves, wallpapering his home with history. Z-Man reflects on what his career was all about, and why he found solace with the San Francisco 49ers.
Behind the Scenes
Directed and produced by Dylan DeSimone and David Haladjian. Special thanks to the San Francisco 49ers, Michael Zagaris, the city of San Francisco, the San Francisco Public Library and the staff at Candlestick Park.