Jeff Jacobson – A Not Street Street Photographer

I don’t know much about Jeff Jacobson, but I know that I first saw his work a couple of weeks ago in an out of print book called “On the Line: the New Color Photojournalism“. (Article about corresponding exhibit on time.com.) Jacobson’s shots from the Republican National Convention (in the 80s) are outstanding – a perfect example of street photographs that weren’t taken on the street.

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© Jeff Jacobson, from “My Fellow Americans…”

My library had his book “My Fellow Americans…“. The images of Jacobson’s in Google images are not as good as what I’ve seen in these two books. Copies of “My Fellow Americans..” can be found used for around 3 bucks. Not bad!

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© Jeff Jacobson, from “My Fellow Americans…”

Jacobson was a Magnum member back in the 80s, and then left to start his own agency (I think). I saw a thread that mentioned he’s been ill recently, and another link saying he’s available to shoot weddings.

Links:
* Jeff Jacobson on Zone Zero and About.com
* Kiampa likes “Melting Point”
* A portfolio on Redux, sans flash

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© Jeff Jacobson, from “My Fellow Americans…”

5 thoughts on “Jeff Jacobson – A Not Street Street Photographer”

  1. I’d seen the MFA paperback on Amazon but thought it was a case of mistaken identity because of how cheap it was. Shouldn’t all fine art be horribly expensive? :)

    Also apparently Jeff has another book either coming out or already published somehow:

    http://www.mro.org/mr/archive/21-2/articles/youarehere.html

    There is clearly a strong common theme of personal reportage in the group that includes Harbutt, Webb, Abigail Heyman, Joan Liftin and Jacobson and others. I’ve been trying to find more information on the Apeiron workshops and whether they still exist, or what has happened to them since. So far I’m still searching.

  2. Jeff Jacobson did recover from his cancer. He is teaching a workshop at the International Center of Photography this week, and I’m in his class. He is a wonderful guy, and has fabulous feedback photographically. Really enjoying the workshop with him. :)

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