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Raymond Jacobs – Gaspésie, 1954

October 4, 2021 - October 17, 2021

Raymond Jacobs - Gaspésie, 1954 - Exhibition

Temporary exhibition - October 17, 2019 until May 2022

Visit an exhibition of 39 photographs never before shown in Canada. Seen through the eye of seminal New York photographer Raymond Jacobs, these landscapes, portraits, and scenes of life take us to the heart of the Gaspésie in the mid-1950s and possess both significant historical value and an unparalleled photographic aesthetic.

Photo Journalist

Renowned for creating illuminating documentary photographs, Jacobs immortalizes both the hard work of Gaspé families and the area’s grandiose maritime landscape. From L’Anse-à-Valleau to Percé, the larger-than-life characters seemingly come alive through Jacobs’s photographs. These photos are true historical chronicles and are, at the same time, really touching.

Raymond Jacobs (1923-1993) is most well known for his 1950’s and 1960’s reportage photographs of New York City street scenes and for his portraits of notable subjects including Louis Armstrong, Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Salvador Dali, Earth Kitt, Robert F. Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr., and Billie Holiday. Mr. Jacobs’ photographs have been exhibited extensively and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Jacobs also had a successful career as a commercial photographer, creating advertising campaigns for IBM, Pan Am, Campbell and many others. His work has been published in numerous magazines including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Fortune. With his wife Eleanor, Jacobs also popularized Earth Shoes, a counter-culture symbol of the 1970s.

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Exhibition curated and produced by Vicky Boulay, Musée de la Gaspésie, and Jesse Blatt, The J. Blatt Agency, New York, in collaboration with The Estate of Raymond Jacobs. The prints in this exhibition are Selenium toned Gelatin Silver prints, produced from the original negatives. Printed by John Delaney, Delaney Fine B+W Prints Inc.  

Photographs © Raymond Jacobs Photography archive LLC. All right reserved.

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