Zinner (Christa) photographs Edit


Finding Aid Author
Jacqueline Morin
Finding Aid Date
2014 March
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  • late 1940s-1970s (Creation)


  • 13.96 Linear Feet (Whole)
    22 boxes

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  • Biographical Note

    Christa Zinner was born in Germany; visited the US for 14 months as a student and returned permanently two years later; operated a golf links restaurant; became a fashion model in San Francisco, and became interested in photography (commercial, portrait, and fashion); managed a photo studio while taking classes at Los Angeles Art Center School; opened her own commercial studio for fashion photography with an emphasis on editorial assignments; and married motion picture editor and director Peter Zinner. She is currently a sculptor living in Los Angeles.

  • Acquisition

    Gift of Ms. Zinner, June 8, 1998.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Processing Information

    This collection was processed with the assistance of Ye Fu.

  • Abstract

    Christa Zinner was a well-known fashion and advertising photographer from the 1940s through the 1970s. Her photographs appeared in many popular magazines and newspaper supplements including Ebony, Look, Life, Harpers Bazaar, Sports Illustrated, TV Guide, etc. The collection consists of photographs, negatives, and slides including those not selected for the actual magazines. Many of the magazines themselves are included in the collection as well as single magazine pages.

  • Scope and Content

    Magazine photographs, proofs, negatives, slides, and prints of Ms. Zinner's professional fashion photography dating from the late 1940s through the 1970s. Included are fashion photographs for: LIFE, LOOK, Sports Illustrated, Town & Country, Glamour, Mademoiselle, New York Times Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, TV Guide, Ebony, Vanity Fair (British), Brides Magazine, McCall's, Colliers, American Home, Seventeen, Photoplay, and California Stylist, and photographs of famous personalities for Glamour Magazine, Columbia Records, Photoplay, and Ebony.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Christa Zinner photographs, Collection no. 0194, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California