Thursday, August 13th
In this Virtual Zoom Event, David Spielman and Howard Philips Smith are discussing their books, New Orleans Portrayed and Sojourn in Paradise: Jack Robinson in 1950s New Orleans, respectively.
This event is free, however an RSVP is required. Limited space is available.
New Orleans Portrayed is a photographic tableau that offers a body of work portraying the cityscape and its citizens. It is a window into their existence at this point in time-both a broad-brush view as well as a pointillist approach into what makes New Orleans unique.
Dorothea Lange said, Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. My job as a photographer is not to direct or manipulate a picture, it s to capture something that presents itself to me. The architecture, light, shapes and people have to come together in a special way within the boundaries of my viewfinder. A good photograph is the culmination of life lived, books read, music heard, food eaten, and experiences had. New Orleans Portrayed represents thousands of hours of wandering and wondering, with good days and bad light, with bad days with good light. Photographers don't find the picture, pictures find the photographer. As Walker Evans said, Good photography is unpretentious. These ideas continue to inspire and drive my work.
Jack Robinson made his name as a much sought-after fashion and celebrity photographer during the 1960s and early 1970s, and his work is well documented in hundreds of pages of Vogue, New York Times, and Life, as well as other publications. However, his personal life remains virtually unknown.
In this study of Robinson and his early photography, Howard Philips Smith takes an in-depth look at Robinson’s early life in New Orleans, where he discovered his passion for painting, photography, and the Dixie Bohemian life of the French Quarter. A Sojourn in Paradise: Jack Robinson in 1950s New Orleans features 100 photographs taken by the artist and is organized into sections that include his photography, photos of the author, and photographic plates. The images are accompanied by detailed commentary about Robinson’s life in New Orleans and excerpts from interviews with the people who knew him when he lived there.