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Jack Robinson: On Show: Portraits 1958-72 Hardcover – November 21, 2011
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"A beautiful coffee table book" — Windy City Times
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Jack Robinson (19281997) 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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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.Read more ›
With special thanks to Dan Oppenheimer for preserving and understanding the importance of Robinson's legacy.