Jeff Jacobson, photographer
Photographs from “Melting Point” and “The Last Roll”
Jeff Jacobson’s photographs are are disorienting, mysterious and beautiful. Composed in the camera with no additional manipulation, they pull us in to an unreal world that emerges from the every day. In his book, Melting Point (Nazraeli Press, 2006), Jacobson writes of over 20 years observations of what he describes as “a meltdown period, when old norms of politics, religion and even photography are changing.... In working from the paradox of a curious melding of beauty and fear these photographs emerged.”
Of Melting Point, Mark Feeney in the Boston Globe writes: “For all his theatricality, Jacobson is as much realist as expressionist. In strictly visual terms, these images are highly arresting. Seen also in technical terms, they become objects of wonder.”
The Last Roll:
In 2004, Jeff Jacobson was diagnosed with lymphoma. After each chemo session, he and his wife, Marnie Andrews, would retreat to their home in the Catskills from their apartment in New York. By 2005 they gave up their apartment and moved to the mountains, permanently. As Jeff recovered, “my photographic universe expanded to the yard, the street, the river and into Woodstock.” In 2006, Kodak announced it had discontinued the film, Kodachrome, that Jeff had used throughout his career. He purchased and stored as much film as he could. “Coming to the twin realizations that my time on the planet and my supply of film are both finite had a liberating effect on me.” Since then, Jeff has concentrated on what he holds most dear: his family, home and the earth.
The Last Roll is a project that is just about complete and will be the content of his next book. Many of the images from this series will be seen for the first time at the Davis Orton Gallery.