Rick Gerharter Photographs Collection, 1988-1995

Finding aid prepared by Tim Wilson
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA, 94102
(415) 557-4400
info@sfpl.org
2002


Title: Rick Gerharter Photographs Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1988-1995
Collection Identifier: GLC 42
Creator: Gerharter, Rick
Physical Description: 2 oversized boxes (26 images, silver gelatin prints, 11 x 14", matted size 16 x 20")
Contributing Institution: James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4567
info@sfpl.org
Abstract: Rick Gerharter is a San Francisco-based free-lance photojournalist. This collection of images was selected by the artist and documents activities in San Francisco's LGBT community from 1988 through mid-1995. Many photos were taken while on assignment for the Bay Area Reporter and capture the intensity and emotion of many facets of queer life, including AIDS activism, celebration, care-giving, sports, and visibility.
Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.

Access

The collection is available for viewing during Photo Desk hours: Tuesday: 1-5; Thursday: 1-5; Saturday: 10-12, 1-5.

Publication Rights

Copyright retained by Rick Gerharter.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rick Gerharter Photographs Collection (GLC 42), Gay and Lesbian Center, San Francisco Public Library.

Provenance

Donated by the Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library, 2000.

Biographical note

Rick Gerharter is a San Francisco-based freelance photojournalist who has been documenting the LGBT communities since 1987. His work has appeared in numerous international and national publications, most regularly in the weekly newspaper, the Bay Area Reporter. His work is featured in the books: Out in the Castro: desire, promise, activism; Witness the Love: stories from the heart of the AIDS epidemic; Gay by the Bay; and Out in America: a portrait of gay and lesbian life. His work also appears in numerous other books, videos and publications.

Scope and Contents

This collection of black and white images was selected by the artist and documents activities in San Francisco's LGBT community from 1988 through mid-1995. Many were taken while on assignment for the Bay Area Reporter and capture the intensity and emotion of many facets of queer life, including AIDS activism, celebration, care-giving, sports, and visibility.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gerharter, Rick--Archives
Gay men--California--San Francisco--Portraits
Gays--California--San Francisco--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
Lesbians--California--San Francisco--Portraits
San Francisco (Calif.)--Social life and customs--20th century--Photograph collections
Transsexuals--California--San Francisco--Portraits.

Photograph 1

Nancy Walker prepares to get chained to others to block the entrance to the old Federal Building at the AIDS/ARC vigil, January 19, 1988

Photograph 2

Carol Leigh (Scarlet Harlot), unidentified, Michael Ryan and activists from AIDS Action Pledge protest at Senator Alan Cranston's San Francisco office for his anti-gay Social Security vote, April 29, 1988

Photograph 3

Stop AIDS Now or Else blocks the Golden Gate Bridge in an AIDS Protest, January 31, 1989

Photograph 4

Police arrest protesters following an ACT-UP march; the Castro Sweep, October 6, 1989

Photograph 5

Joshi meditates at the Hartford Street Zen Center, May 1, 1990

Photograph 6

Timothy Rodrigues and Mike Eaton listen to speakers during public comment at the San Francisco School Board discussion of Project 10, a gay positive program in the schools, June 12, 1990

Photograph 7

Rocking out during Let It All Hang Out Day in Harvey Milk Plaza, June 16, 1990

Photograph 8

Andy Ilves and Tom Tymstone kiss during a Queer Nation kiss-in at the Powell Street cable car turnaround, July 28, 1990

Photograph 9

At the Up Your Alley street fair, August 5, 1990

Photograph 10

Queer Nation marches against anti-gay violence in the Castro District, September 22, 1990

Photograph 11

ACT-UP/Golden Gate blocking entrance to San Francisco's old Federal Building, demanding release of ddl, an AIDS drug, October 9, 1990

Photograph 12

Tom Ammiano celebrates his election to the San Francisco School Board as part of the "Lavender Sweep," November 6, 1990

Photograph 13

Protesting Desert Storm, United States war on Iraq at the San Francisco Federal Building, January 15, 1991

Photograph 14

Spreading the safe-sex message, and condoms, at the Cinco de Mayo Parade, May 5, 1991

Photograph 15

The annual [San Francisco] Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade, June 30, 1991

Photograph 16

Protesting opening night of Basic Instinct because of its homophobic content, March 20, 1992

Photograph 17

Nurse Isabel McCoy hugs Rita Rockett as she serves dessert at her monthly brunch in Ward 5A, the AIDS Ward at San Francisco General Hospital, April 12, 1992

Photograph 18

San Francisco activists stage a kiss-in at Sacramento's Capital Christian Center on Easter, protesting their anti-gay activities, April 19, 1992

Photograph 19

Van Lynn Floyd (right) kisses an unidentified friend during Bear Rendezvous Weekend activities at the Eagle Bar, February 15, 1993

Photograph 20

The Rawhide II softball team during opening day activities of the Gay Softball League, March 7, 1993

Photograph 21

In San Francisco at Federal Building protest against the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, July 20, 1993

Photograph 22

Transgenders dance at the Mother Lode Bar in the Tenderloin, August 27, 1993

Photograph 23

Candles left at the [San Francisco] Department of Health following the AIDS Candlelight March, May 22, 1994

Photograph 24

Dykes on Bikes lead off the annual [San Francisco] Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade, June 19, 1994

Photograph 25

Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) marches in the Chinese New Year's Parade, February 11, 1995

Photograph 26

Barbara Hughes (center) marches with her son and son-in-law in the PFLAG contingent of the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade, June 18, 1995