Category: Photography

EUBIE BLAKE

EUBIE BLAKE

  Synopsis Born in Maryland on February 7, 1883, Eubie Blake went on to become a revered ragtime pianist and composer for American musicals. He entered into a partnership with singer-songwriter Noble Sissle in...

JELLY ROLL MORTON

JELLY ROLL MORTON

  Jelly Roll Morton was an American jazz pianist and songwriter born on October 20, 1890 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He traveled nationwide performing as both a solo and small group musician. He led...

MA RAINEY

MA RAINEY

  Synopsis Born Gertrude Pridgett on April 26, 1886, in Columbus, Georgia, Ma Rainey became the first popular stage entertainer to incorporate authentic blues into her song repertoire. She performed during the first three...

SUN RA

SUN RA

Jazz pianist, songwriter and composer Sun Ra was born on May 22, 1914, in Birmingham, Alabama. After graduation, he formed his own band, the Nighthawks of Harmony. From 1946–’61, he was a pianist and...

SONNY ROLLINS

SONNY ROLLINS

  Sonny Rollins was born on September 7, 1930 in New York City. After trying out piano, Rollins picked up the tenor saxophone and never put it down. In 1949, he recorded with Miles...

LEAD BELLY

LEAD BELLY

  Famed musician Lead Belly was born in Mooringsport, Louisiana, on January 20, 1889. Lead Belly was imprisoned in Texas for murder in 1918. According to tradition, he won his early release in 1925...

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY

  Jazz musician Cannonball Adderley was born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa, Florida on September 15, 1928. He attended the U.S. Navy School of Music before moving to New York City in the 1950s....

JOSEPHINE BAKER

JOSEPHINE BAKER

  Born Freda Josephine McDonald on June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri, Josephine Baker spent her youth in poverty before learning to dance and finding success on Broadway. In the 1920s she moved...

IMAGES – ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE – 3

IMAGES – ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE – 3

American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) captured the essence of the New York cultural scene in the late 1970s and 1980s through his portraits of artists, writers, musicians, designers, dealers, actors, and actresses. Though known...

IMAGES – ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE – 2

IMAGES – ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE – 2

Mapplethorpe worked primarily in the studio, particularly toward the end of his career. Common subjects include flowers, especially orchids and calla lilies, and celebrities, including Andy Warhol, Deborah Harry, Richard Gere, Peter Gabriel, Grace...

IMAGES – ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE -1

IMAGES – ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE -1

Mapplethorpe was born and grew up as a Roman Catholic of English and Irish heritage in Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Floral Park, Queens, New York. His parents were Harry and Joan...

JULES T. ALLEN – PHOTOGRAPHER

JULES T. ALLEN – PHOTOGRAPHER

Jules Allen (born September 13, 1947) is a photographer[1] and a tenured professor in the Art & Photography Department of Queensboro Community College, City University of New York, where he has taught for two...

Photographing People of Color

Photographing People of Color

  by Monte Zucker Introduction There is probably no question in portraiture that is more confusing to beginning photographers than how to photograph people with black skin. What exposure to use? Should you open...