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Clark Family Photography Collection, 1939-2000 | Manuscripts

By E. Aparicio and Ashley Rankin

Collection Overview

Title: Clark Family Photography Collection, 1939-2000Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1940-1980
ID: 01/AR0749
Extent: 584.0 Boxes
Subjects: Black-and-white photography, Cumberland Gap (Tenn.), Documentary photography, Lynchburg (Tenn.), Photography, Portrait photography

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Abstract

Joe Clark embarked on a photographic journey in the late 1930s, documenting the lives of his family and friends in rural Tennessee. His images of Appalachian culture were featured in prominent national magazines such as Life and National Geographic. The images were visually striking narratives which told the story of the people he captured with his camera.

During the mid-50s Joe began shooting images for Jack Daniels, and captured not only the process of making whiskey, but the spirit of the Distillery, its employees, and the community of Lynchburg. Joe’s son, Junebug Clark, followed suit and began shooting images as soon as he was able to hold a camera. The two men have distinguished themselves as professional photographers both in their commercial work as well as in their photojournalistic endeavors. Within their renowned commercial portfolio is the work for Jack Daniels. Both Joe and Junebug shot the majority of Jack Daniels ads for nearly four decades.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Preferred Citation: {Name of Collection}, University of North Texas Archives and Rare Books

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Series 2: Junebug Clark, JBC, 1950-2000Add to your cart.

Like his father before him, Junebug Clark used his camera as a mode of communication. “Pictures that tell a story,” the Clark motto, can be found stamped on the back of almost every print by Joe and Junebug. It summarizes how the camera lens, light, and a watchful eye transform blank film into memories. Junebug aims to capture real people and real moments with his camera and he does just that.

At the age of three, Junebug let his mom, Bernice Krent Clark, and his father, Joe Clark, know that he wanted a camera of his own. He told them it wasn’t fair that they could shoot images with their own cameras and he could not. Joe gave Junebug his old Leica and showed him how to use it, but it was Junebug who used observation as a learning aid beyond his father’s lesson. He would watch his father and then experiment with angles and lighting, finding the right combination of the two for every shot he took.

At the age of five, while on an assignment with his parents, he sold his first image. His father was shooting an ad campaign for the Stroh’s Brewery and as the day wound down, Junebug and his parents remained on set. It was then that Junebug began shooting his mom relaxing with a Stroh brew after the busy day was over. Junebug’s low angle shots were perfect for the campaign, so perfect that the art director purchased them, never reviewing the proofs shot by Joe. This is when Junebug’s photography career began and the behind-the scenes experience with his father shone through in his images as he was able to use his lens to speak with the audience. He began to see his camera as a tool, reaching the masses with images which spoke in a specific vernacular.

Within the year, after the Stroh ad campaign, Junebug was employed with the Detroit Times. As a staff photographer for the Times, Junebug’s images – his peers in kindergarten class, Cub Scout activities, and playing with friends – were included in the Sunday supplement. He worked for the paper for nine months until union complaints of child labor law violations forced the Times to take Junebug off the payroll. News of the termination of the “world’s youngest professional photographer”, had a tremendous effect on Junebug’s career, bolstering the photographer towards new opportunities. Rather than stopping him from acquiring media attention and assignments, it spotlighted him nationally and soon he was publishing photos in Life, Look, and The Saturday Evening Post.

Working on his photography through elementary, middle, and high school, Junebug decided to pursue his artistic endeavors further by enrolling in classes at Ferris State College where he majored in Graphic arts. The next year, he transferred to Rochester Institute of Technology in New York to study photo illustration. After a year of studying in New York, Junebug enlisted in the Marine Corps. He served as a photographer, documenting his experiences during service. Upon his discharge, he returned to Rochester for an additional year where he refined his photographic skills.

He realized how much he missed working on assignment and decided to leave academia to become a working photographer.  This decision lead Junebug to careers as a motion picture photographer and a catalog photographer, but he found his calling when he began his own freelance photography business. He utilized all of the experience and the lessons from shooting images with his father, Joe Clark, and continued to use his lens as a way of communicating his point-of-view.

Junebug’s clients included Federal Mogul Corp., Jack Daniel’s Distillery (where he would often take trips to Lynchburg with father Joe to shot ad assignments), Eli Lilly and Co., and Anaheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. The images Junebug provided for these nationally significant corporations merged ad campaigns with what Junebug is best at – capturing the essence of people, bringing images to life with ease, and connecting with the audience on a personal level. His images, similar to his father’s, show life, un-staged, and people who live their lives in their own way.

In Junebug’s images, he portrays people who could be a cousin, grandmother, or brother; a homespun familiarity that creates a sense of comfort. Junebug takes the time to get to know the people he photographs, and it shows in his images. Like his father, he understands that capturing life is a way to preserve moments that should not be forgotten.

Sub-Series 1: NegativesAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: 35mm NegativesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 312: Alpha - 108Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70310
Box 313: 110-145Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70311
Box 314: 147-198Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70312
Box 315: 199-253Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70313
Box 316: 254-289Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70314
Box 317: 291-330Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70315
Box 318: 332-384Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70316
Box 319: 285-440Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70317
Box 320: 440-486Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70318
Box 321: 488-537Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70319
Box 322: 540-596Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70320
Box 323: 599-656Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70321
Box 324: 658-739Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70322
Box 325: 740-797Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70323
Box 326: 798-857Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70324
Box 327: 854-939Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70325
Box 328: 940-999Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70326
Box 329: 1004-1065Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70327
Box 330: 1066-1111Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70328
Box 331: 1112-1140Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70329
Box 332: 1141-1180Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70330
Box 333: 1181-1218Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70331
Box 334: 1219-1250Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70332
Box 335: 1251-1305Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70333
Box 336: 1306-1338Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70334
Box 337: 1339-1436Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70335
Box 338: 1437-1514Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70336
Box 339: 1517-1609Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70337
Box 340: 1610-1675Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70338
Box 341: 1680-1725Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70339
Box 342: 1726-1800Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70340
Box 343: 1801-1868Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70341
Box 344: 1871-1952Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70342
Box 345: 1955-2015Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70343
Box 346: 2019-2088Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70344
Box 347: 2089-2169Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70345
Box 348: 2170-2260Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70346
Box 349: 2231-2377Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70347
Box 350: 2328-2377Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70348
Box 351: 2377-2430Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70349
Box 352: 2431-2499Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70350
Box 353: 2501-2543Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70351
Box 354: 2544-2569Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70352
Box 355: 2572-2604Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70353
Box 356: 2606-2656Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70354
Box 357: 2658-2698Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70355
Box 358: 2703-2780Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70356
Box 359: 2791-2842Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70357
Box 360: 2843-2919Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70358
Box 361: 2920-2946Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70359
Box 362: 2947-2992Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70360
Box 363: 2993-3073Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70361
Box 364: 8725-56610Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70362
Sub-Series 2: PrintsAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: SubjectAdd to your cart.
 
Box 365: Military PrintsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70363
Box 366: Miscellaneous PrintsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70364
Sub-Series 2: Loose PrintsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 367: No identifier, Dan MooreAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70365
Box 368: 100-400Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70366
Box 369: 500-9000Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70367
Box 370: No identifierAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70368
Box 371: No identifierAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70369
Box 372: PersonalAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70370
Box 373: PersonalAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70371
Box 374: PersonalAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70371
Box 375: MountedAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70373
Box 376: Mounted no identifiers - 4 digitAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70374
Box 377: Mounted signedAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70375
Box 378: Mounted PersonalAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70376
Box 379: Mounted PersonalAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70377
Sub-Series 3: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: IssuesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 380: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70378
Box 381: Torii TellerAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70379
Sub-Series 2: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 382: ClippingsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70380
Sub-Series 4: PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Sub-Series 1: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
 
Box 383: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70381
Sub-Series 2: NotesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 384: Notes and IndicesAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70382
Sub-Series 3: IndicesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 384: Notes and IndicesAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70382
Sub-Series 4: Public RelationsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 385: Public RelationsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70383
Sub-Series 5: Business PapersAdd to your cart.
 
Box 386: Business PapersAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70384
Sub-Series 6: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
 
Box 387: Miscellaneous PapersAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70385
Sub-Series 5: AdvertisementsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 388: Laminated AdsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70386
Box 389: Laminated AdsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70387
Box 390: Laminated AdsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70388
Box 391: Laminated AdsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70389
Sub-Series 6: Contact SheetsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 392: IdentifierAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70390
Box 393: Virginia ProofsAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70391
Box 394: OversizedAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70392
Sub-Series 7: SlidesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 395: Blue BindersAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70393
Box 396: Photo Research PortfolioAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70394
Box 397: DuplicatesAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70395
Box 398: No IdentifiersAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70396
Box 399: Miscellaneous Loose SlidesAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70397
Box 400: 1-9Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70398
Box 401: 10-16Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70399
Box 402: 17-20Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70400
Box 403: 21-23Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70401
Box 404: 23-25Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70402
Box 405: 26-31Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70403
Box 406: 32-34Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70404
Box 407: 1377-1450Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70405
Box 408: 1495-1524Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70406
Box 409: 1530-1544Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70407
Box 410: 1551-1581Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70408
Box 411: 1607-1652Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70409
Box 412: 1658-1659Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70410
Box 413: 1659-1884Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70411
Box 414: 1872-1942Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70412
Box 415: 1953-1988Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70413
Box 416: 1989-2040Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70414
Box 417: 2043-2074Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70415
Box 418: 2091-2147Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70416
Box 419: 2150-2196Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70417
Box 420: 2199-2260Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70418
Box 421: 2246-2247Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70419
Box 422: 2374-2434Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70420
Box 423: 2264-2285Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70421
Box 424: 2297-2400Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70422
Box 425: 2442-2464Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70423
Box 426: 2525-2557Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70424
Box 427: 2557-2571Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70425
Box 428: 2575-2592Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70426
Box 429: 2575-2592Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70492
Box 430: 2646-2688Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70428
Box 431: 2705-2900Add to your cart.
 
barcode: 70429
Box 432: Colored Slides for PublicationAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70430
Box 433: Colored Slides for PublicationAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70431
Sub-Series 8: ArtifactsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 434: Kandt PrintAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70432
Box 435: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
 
barcode: 70433

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