Jeff Jacobson


April 13 – June 16, 2013

A few days before Christmas, 2004, I was diagnosed with lymphoma. Some present.

After each chemotherapy session I retreated to our home in the Catskills to recuperate. I began photographing around the house as I was too sick to go anywhere else. As my health returned, I began traveling and photographing across America again.

Shortly thereafter, Kodak discontinued production of Kodachrome. I loved Kodachrome. It had helped shape my photographic vision. I filled my refrigerator and wine cooler with the stuff and kept shooting. A few days before Christmas, 2010, I exposed my last roll.

Jeff Jacobson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946. His imagery has pushed at the edges of the photographic document, regarding the poetic, experimental, and subjective elements of the world around him. With photographs uniquely defined by his use of strobes, long exposure, and the color inherent in Kodachrome, Jacobson relays interpretations of people and landscapes in loose narratives which emphasize emotional content over informational context and atmospheric mood over cohesive subject.

An accomplished photojournalist who prior to becoming a photographer was a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, Jacobson has been a member of such illustrious groups as the Magnum Photo Agency, Archive Pictures, and Redux Pictures. In addition to The Last Roll (Daylight 2013), he has published two previous books, My Fellow Americans, (University of New Mexico Press, 1991) and Melting Point (Nazraeli Press, 2006). His work is in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art, among others. His work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography and the High Museum of Art, as well as at venues abroad. He has taught workshops internationally as is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts.