LOOKING AT & SHOOTING
BETTER JAZZ PHOTOS
TUES NOV 17 2015
What makes a good –or an outstanding– jazz photo? How do you take one? What should you look for as an appreciative jazz photo viewer? The JJA’s free online webinar/Google Hangout “Looking At and Shooting Better Jazz Photos” will explore aesthetics, techniques and practicalities of making the kinds of images typically competing for the JJA’s annual Photo of the Year Award. Panelists Lauren Deutsch, Ernest Gregory and Marc PoKempner all have decades of experience in shooting jazz musicians and performances and they’ll talk about the methods, intentions and real-world challenges behind informal and candid portraits of musicians, ensemble action shots, depictions of audience reactions and venues, providing examples from their own portfolios and discussing each other’s work, too. Post your own questions and comments for the panel at this open-to-all Google Hangout. (The webinar will be recorded and available for later viewing, but we encourage you to join us live if you possibly can.)
has photographed jazz musicians for more than 35 years, having a one woman show of both her documentary and innovative work at Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts this past autumn, as well as photos in celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) this year at the Museum of Contemporary Art and DuSable Museum. Her images are featuring in Jazzography: A Portrait of the Chicago Jazz Festival at 30
, published by the Jazz Institute of Chicago
, of which she is executive director.
Marc PoKempner is a Chicago and New Orleans-based photojournalist interested in covering social issues as well as blues and jazz. His books include Down at Theresa’s . . .Chicago Blues and Harold! Photographs from the Harold Washington Years. Marc’s images of Barak Obama prior to his presidency have been published widely. A lifelong member of ASMP (the American Society of Magazine Photographers), Marc studied with Minor White during the 1960s in the Graduate Program in Creative Photography at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ernest Gregory will unfortunately not be able to join us tonight, Michael Jackson has graciously agreed to join the panel .
has been a freelance photographer in New York City for nearly 20 years, working with Jazz at Lincoln Center in various capacities during that time. Previously he worked for the City of Atlanta Cultural Affairs Department, assisting with planning of the annual jazz fest. He also was a jazz program host for WRFG- FM and WCLK- FM. His images have been used for CD covers as well as in many publications, and are featured at Wynton Marsalis’ website
Michael Jackson moved to Chicago from London in 1994. An interdisciplinary artist who studied fine art printmaking and film at SAIC Graduate School, Jackson has exhibited his photography work internationally as far afield as Tokyo and Scotland. He has written and photographed for numerous publications and record labels including Downbeat, Chicago SunTimes, Chicago Reader, New City, Jazzwise, The Wire, The Guardian (UK), Jazz on CD, Jazziz, Delmark Records, Premonition etc. As a photojournalist he has been active recording the jazz/blues and world music scene for twenty years. Some of Jackson’s images were recently featured in Jazzography, A Portrait of the Chicago Jazz Festival at 30, published by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.