Jenny Olsen
Co-Founder, San Francisco Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
© Chloe Atkins, 1996

Chloe Atkins

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I was born in Reno, Nevada, August 10, 1954 and grew up in Quincy, California, a small town high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, till I was 16 years old. Then I moved through several Northern California locations, settling in San Francisco in 1987.

I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art, emphasizing ceramics, from California State University, Sacramento, CA, 1976.

Photography Experience: Principal, Chloe Atkins Photography, specializing in positive images of lesbians and gay men, 1987-present. Partial Recent Client List: Girlfriends Magazine, Curve Magazine, Page Hodel Productions, Planet Out, Datex-Engstrom Inc., Friends of the Urban Forest, MacUser Magazine, Lucas Valley Productions.

Teaching: Harvey Milk Photo Center, San Francisco City Parks and Recreation, 1987-Present; Harvey Milk Institute, Continuing Education for Queer Communities, 1995-Present.

I am best known in the Bay Area for the more than 20,000 photographs of lesbians and gay men I have created in San Francisco's night clubs.

I won a 1992 Northern California Silver ADDY Award for a billboard for GLAAD; (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) picturing a lesbian couple, one very pregnant, with the caption "Another Traditional Family."

In a Los Angeles Times, June 11, 1995, Book Review, David Ehrenstein; claimed "Chloe Atkins' portraits of the 'Drag Kings' of SF is reason alone for purchasing a copy of Zyzzyva Magazine."

My work has been exhibited at San Francisco Camerawork, Eye Gallery and The Lab in San Francisco, as well as Pallas Fine Arts in Miami and Michael Himovitz Gallery in Sacramento, among other venues. A major survey of my nightclub photographs of women will be on display at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery opening September 11, 1998.

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