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Christa Zinner photographs

Identifier: 0194

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.


  • late 1940s-1970s


Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

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.

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.


13.96 Linear Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials



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.


Gift of Ms. Zinner, June 8, 1998.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with the assistance of Ye Fu.
Finding aid for the Christa Zinner photographs
Jacqueline Morin
2014 March
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States