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Finding Aid to the Sunny Bak Photography Collection

Finding aid prepared by Katrina Sire, © 2013

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator - Photographer
Bak, Sunny
Title
Sunny Bak photography collection
Collection no.
Coll2013.037
Date [inclusive]
1993-2002
Extent
4.1 linear feet., 1 archives carton + 1 archives flat box + 4 posters.
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes Bak's medium format color transparenices/unmounted slides of Ashley Herrin and Catherine Angiel and alternative layouts for the June 21, 1993, Newsweek cover story, "Lesbians Come Out Strong." The collection also contains Bak's images of lesbian women and couples on 10% Productions and G Gallery greeting cards, postcards and posters. Bak photographed hundreds of entertainers including members of 10,000 Maniacs, Madonna, and Philippe Saisse. She may be most well-known for her work on the Beastie Boys album,  Licensed to Ill.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder #, or item name] Sunny Bak Photography Collection, Coll2013-037, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

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Biography

Sunny Bak was born in Manhattan. She was a photographer for her junior high school newspaper in Queens, New York. She shot the cast of Broadway shows for the paper. She went on to study at The School Visual Arts Nikon House and at The New School for Social Research under Philippe Halsman.

In 1976, while still in high school she opened her first studio in Manhattan. During this time Bak photographed hundreds of entertainers including members of 10,000 Maniacs, Madonna, and Philippe Saisse. She may be most well-known from this period for her work on the Beastie Boys album, Licensed to Ill.

From 1986 to 1991, she had studios in New York and Los Angeles during this time she also photographed fashion in London, England. In 1992 she relocated to Venice Beach, California.

Bak’s works have appeared in British Elle,  Cosmopolitan,  Details,  Hampton’s Newspaper magazine,  Time Magazine,  Woman’s World and one of the bestselling issues of  Newsweek. Her portrait photography includes images of Carol Alt, Danzig, Seth Green, Gregory Peck, Jason Priestly, Keanu Reeves, Slayer and the Village People.

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Scope and Content

The collection includes Bak's medium format color transparenices/unmounted slides of Ashley Herrin and Catherine Angiel and alternative layouts for the June 21, 1993, Newsweek cover story, "Lesbians Come Out Strong.". The collection also contains Bak's images of lesbian women and couples on 10% Productions and G Gallery greeting cards, postcards and posters.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2013
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries 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.

Acquisition

Gift of Sunny Bak, October 1, 2012.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Katrina Sire, May 2013.

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Related Materials

Seperated materials

Removed to the ONE greeting card collection:

10% Productions - 11404-200, 12216-200, 13601-200,13209-200, 13206-200, 13306-200, 14103-200, 14204-200, 15402-200, 17106-200, 17210-200, 17211-200, 17406-200, 17502-200, 17305-200, 17701-200, 18403-200, x205-200, x206-200, 29885-225, 27104035

Gallery Collection - 53196-200

Simply Love by 10% Productions - 33231

Visions by 10% Productions - 25660-200

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Lesbians--California--Los Angeles
  • Mass media and gays--United States

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Sunny Bak collection 

Box

 10% Productions greeting cards 1993-2002   [34 items]

1

 10% Productions postcards cards 1995-1997   [3 items]

1
Map-case Drawer

 10% Productions posters 1998-2001   4 posters

8 5
Box

 Gallery greeting cards 1998-1999   [5 greeting cards]

1

 Gallery greeting card catalogs circa 1999   [3 items]

1

 Newsweek alternative front cover layouts 1993   3 covers

2

 Newsweek alternative images 1993   [22 pages of color transparencies] 216 color images

1

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