Report from San Diego

The JLP opening at the Museum of Photographic Arts was Friday night.  Today’s San Diego Union-Tribune has two nice pieces on the show, HERE and HERE.

Center for Documentary Studies Exhibitions Director, and co-curator of JLP exhibition, Courtney Reid-Eaton, and I attended.  MOPA’s efforts were impressive, drawing a sell-out crowd of 300+ to the opening on Friday night.  In attendance were Smith’s son, Kevin Eugene Smith, and his son, Ryan Smith.  Also there were Carey Rasmus, daughter of Smith’s daughter, Shana Smith Rasmus, and several members of her family.  Drummer Frank Amoss, a resident of Orange County, CA, and former resident of 821 Sixth Avenue, was also there.  Of course, Frank is featured in the Chaos Manor section of the book that involves a harrowing incident involving Sonny Clark.

Many thanks to MOPA Director Deborah Klochko and her staff for pull out all the stops:  Director of Exhibitions and Design, Scott Davis; Assistant Curator, Chantel Paul; Film and Public Programs Manager, Priscilla Parra; Marketing and Communications Manager, Kristine Page; and the rest of MOPA’s impressive personnel.

Here are a few snapshots by Courtney and me.  More to come.

Photo by Courtney Reid-Eaton

Photo by Courtney Reid-Eaton

A scene inside MOPA's gallery

A scene inside MOPA's gallery

Courtney making a point during our gallery talk on Saturday.

Courtney making a point during our gallery talk on Saturday.

Photo by Courtney

Sam signing books, photo by Courtney

Sam giving at a talk Friday.

Sam giving at a talk Friday. Photo by Courtney.

Courtney and I found time to attend a Dodgers-Padres game at the beautiful Petco Park.

Courtney and I found time to attend a Dodgers-Padres game at the beautiful Petco Park on Thursday night.

-Sam Stephenson


  1. Shana Rasmus Said,

    May 20, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    Glad the opening was such a success. Sorry I missed it. Carey was quite impressed. She has always seen the pictures during her life, but never heard the whole story.
    I also want to thank you for the amazing amount of work that YOU have put into this (& the Pittsburgh project). You are an amazing person to have undertaken a project of this magnitude & to have done it so well. BRAVO, Sam!
    Sincerely, Shana

  2. Dorrie Woodson Said,

    May 20, 2012 @ 8:10 pm

    Long live the spirit of Sam Stephenson, W. Eugene Smith, and all the hundreds of jazz musicians who came to stay awhile and play their music in this special jazz loft of 821 6th Ave, NYC, …. as revealed in Stephenson’s book, The Jazz Loft Project, and through the many EVENTS such as this one in San Diego on Friday night, May 18, 2012. Hooray for the spirit of JAZZ.

  3. Frank Amoss Said,

    May 24, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

    Attending the San Diego opening was a treat, as was meeting Gene Smith’s son, Ryan. The exhibit contains many photos of loft happenings and of the neighborhood I’d never seen before. Sam’s lecture captured the audience’s attention as they learned of a way of life far removed from their own. Any erstwhile New Yorkers currently living in Southern California (as well as photography buffs) will find it worth their while to visit the exhibit, which will be at Balboa Park until September.