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Jack Robinson: On Show: Portraits 1958-72 Hardcover – November 21, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palazzo Editions (November 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956494226
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956494221
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The photos, pristine as ever, preserve their famous, fresh faces as if no time has passed."  —NPR photo blog The Picture Show 


"Wonderful...[Robinson is a] remarkable artist."  —Lid 


"Captivating portraits."  —The Advocate


"A beautiful coffee table book" — Windy City Times

About the Author

Jack Robinson (1928–1997) was born in Meridian, Mississippi. His career as a photographer began during the early fifties in New Orleans where he documented the city’s street life and vibrant cultural scene. In 1955 he travelled to Mexico with the famous art dealer Betty Parsons. She encouraged him to pursue a career in New York as a fashion photographer; by the end of the fifties, his work was regularly featuring in Life magazine and The New York Times until 1965 when he moved to Vogue and shot many of his most memorable images. In December 1972, he left New York and moved to Memphis, where he earned a living as a water colorist and worked on stained glass windows.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Paging through this coffee-table collection of portrait photography, I kept hearing John Lennon's BABY, YOU'RE A RICH MAN song, especially his line about: 'How does it feel to be one of the beautiful people?' The late Jack Robinson specialized in photographing 'beautiful people' such as movie stars, directors, dancers, singers, authors, artists, producers, fashion models and assorted glitterati of the 1960s. JACK ROBINSON ON SHOW, PORTRAITS 1958-72, a 2011 Palazzo Editions release, offers up over 150 of his most affecting shots of those celebrities of note.

In the late 1950s, Robinson became a major 'shooter' in the fashion industry. In 1965, he connected with Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief of VOGUE magazine, and broadened his photographic horizons to include icons of the silver screen, Broadway, music and literature. In short order, Robinson became one of the preeminent photographers of the decade, his work being featured in VOGUE over 500 times. Sadly, alcohol and drugs took their toll and, in 1972, Robinson left VOGUE and the Big Apple and spent his remaining years in Memphis, employed as a stained-glass designer. He died in 1997.

The photographs in JACK ROBINSON ON SHOW were selected from a collection of over 150,000 images he took in a 25-year career. They depict impossibly young versions of Warren Beatty, Elton John, Melba Moore, Michael Crichton, Clint Eastwood, Michael Caine, Marisa Berenson, Tom Wofe, Iggy Pop, Roberta Flack, CSN&Y, Nina Simone, Beverly Sills, Robert Joffrey, Zubin Mehta, Lindsay Anderson, Julie Harris, Kenneth Tynan, Leonard Cohen, Herbie Hancock, and others.

Many are studio shots, the subjects posing in fairly simple settings. The images are striking yet, conversely, the people being photographed, by and large, seem relaxed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C Brown on April 6, 2012
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Don't even think about it -- just order this book. For starters, the book is beautifully printed. Then you learn Jack Robinson's interesting life story. To top it off, the photographs are fantastic. In the 21st Century, where anyone with a cell phone thinks he/she is a photographer, this book, by contrast, illustrates what professional, thoughtful, excellent photography really looks like.
With special thanks to Dan Oppenheimer for preserving and understanding the importance of Robinson's legacy.
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The book is well put together, the pictures are absolutely wonderful. I have not read it all the way through but a great book all the way around.
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