JAZZ IN NEW YORK: A COMMUNITY OF VISIONS
An Exhibition by Photographer Lourdes Delgado
Opening: Thursday July 7, at 7 PM
Where: INSTITUTO CERVANTES
Address: 211 East 49 Street New York, NY 10017
Telephone: 212- 308-7720
Dates: From Thursday July 7 to Thursday July 14
This project documents how the jazz community lived in New York City between 2000 and 2007. As an alternative to the bandstand or studio photography, Lourdes Delgado’s images show musicians and a few members of the jazz industry in their homes, more as citizens than as artists. With more than 450 portraits of different ages, genders, backgrounds, nationalities, instruments, and musical tendencies, her intention was to create a social, economic, and cultural study and to break with the iconographic stereotypes of the 50’s.
She used a 4×5” large format camera in order to capture in great detail their lives and rooms. At the same time that she was documenting the jazz community, she was making a visual record of some apartments of New York City, and the objects that certain group of its society live with.
Other characteristics of the project are, one, that to avoid her subjective opinion the same musicians she photographed chose what other musicians to include, two, that to get more revealing portraits she asked the subjects to decide how and where they wanted to be photographed, and three, that to emulate the collaborative process and the continuous risk taking philosophy central to jazz she only took one image per person.
For this exhibit, following the idea of self-representation the project has, she has invited each subject to select a tune to be represented with. Visitors are encouraged to ask for an MP3 player at the reception desk.
Jazz In New York: A Community of Visions has been exhibited in several venues around the country, like the Sheldon Museum in St. Louis and the Center of Documentary Studies at Duke University.
For a short video, visit http://photographychannel.tv and click on Jazz In New York: A Community of Visions.
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