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Artist Talk: Find Your Light Lecture and Book Signing with Jeff Jacobson

  • Spanish Ballroom Annex Glen Echo, MD 20812 United States (map)
Photo © Jeff Jacobson

Photo © Jeff Jacobson

Lecture and Book Signing with Jeff Jacobson, NYC Photographer

Join Jeff Jacobson, internationally recognized, award-winning photographer as he delivers a lecture on the art of photography at the Spanish Ballroom Annex at Glen Echo Park. Book signing to follow. Jacobson appears courtesy of the Elsie Hull Memorial Lecture Series.

In the theater, there is a phrase, "find your light," which refers to the actor's finding that space on the stage where he or she will be properly lit.  Photographers must also find their light, physically and metaphorically.  The raw material of photography is light, so photographers must move towards that space and time where the light illuminates what they want to describe.  We must also find the light in our lives which motivates us to make photographs.  I will talk about this process, and show my own work to illustrate how it has played out in my life.

Cost:  $25/Adult | $15/Student. Learn more and purchase tickets at

More About Jeff Jacobson

Jeff Jacobson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946. After working as an ACLU lawyer in the American South, he turned to photography in 1974. He pioneered the now common technique of open flash in the 1970s.   Jacobson joined Magnum Photos in 1978. He later left Magnum and joined Archive Pictures, later becoming a full partner and president.

Jacobson's photographs are in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, The Center For Creative Photography, Tucson, Az., The Joy of Giving Society in New York, The Center for Photography at Woodstock.

His work has been exhibited at The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, The International Center of Photography, New York, The Jewish Museum, New York, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga., George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, The Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Center For Photography at Woodstock, NY, The Photo Resource Center in Boston, Look 3 Photo Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia, Visa Pour L’image, Perpignan, France, Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao, China, and many galleries around the world.  

Jeff teaches workshops yearly at the International Center of Photography, in New York. He has also taught at The Tuscany Photo Workshop, The Anderson Ranch, Center For Photography at Woodstock, the Julia Dean Photo Workshop, in Los Angeles, Centro de la Imagen, in Mexico City, Shakerag Arts Workshop, in Sewannee, Tennessee, and Bazan Photo Workshops, in Sicily.  He has won grants from the National Endowment For The Arts, and The New York Foundation For The Arts. He has worked as a photojournalist for major magazines around the world, such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, Life, Fortune, Stern, Amica, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, and many others. His website is

Jeff has published three books, My Fellow Americans, University of New Mexico Press, in 1991, Melting Point, Nazraeli Press, in 2006, and The Last Roll, Daylight Books, 2013, all shot on Kodachrome film. He is hard at work on the fourth, working title, The Little Guy, shot on a small point and shoot digital camera.