Issue No. 24
The Big Picture
San Diego’s Museum of Photo-graphic Arts celebrates its 20th anniversary with a milestone exhibition focusing on the life and work of William Henry Fox Talbot—the co-inventor of photography.
The Looking Glass
Over the years, Jesse Alexander has made it a point to meet and make portraits of the photographers who were his idols and inspiration.
In the tradition of Eugene Smith, he has made it his life’s work to educate the haves on the hardships of the have nots. Schooled as an economist, but self-taught as a photographer, he switched to photojournalism—believing his pictures could help change the lives of his subjects for the better.
Armed with camera and tripod, she ventures into the night, drawn to the dramatic effects of lights and shadows.
Regardless of the recognition and the high regard in which his work is held, he is disinclined to speak about himself and his photography, except to say that ”for me, time will decide the value of my work, despite the labels and all the talk.”
The daughter of Diane Arbus, photography runs in her veins. Like her mother, she has chosen to use portraiture as a means of making contact with the world—capturing the drama of persona, the essence of confrontation between self and other.
Influenced early on by Minor White and his “not just what is but what else it is,” he imbues his images with storytelling mystery.
Travelling to six Nazi death camps, she has captured the horror of the Holocaust in images of ethereal and dreamlike quality.
Using found objects, she makes images that mix drawing, painting and sculpture.
Vacillating between music and photography as a young man, he now expresses himself in both disciplines—he is a bassist in a jazz fusion band, believing that there’s a connection between the two endeavors.
Inspired by the Japanese aesthetic called Wabi Sabi, she is drawn to the beauty of the imperfect, the distressed—a beauty she has found in abundance during travels in the Czech Republic.