About This Exhibition

Jim Alexander, born in New Jersey, has lived and worked in Atlanta for over 30 years and has spent almost 50 years as a documentary photographer. He has photographed African American music makers, both sacred and secular, playing and singing jazz, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, and popular music with regularity since 1968. This exhibition presents some of the highlights from this project.

Most of the performers are immediately recognizable and evoke emotions and memories from that cultural space that Elizabeth Alexander has called "the black interior." It is there that people - feeling the comfort of culture - express, articulate, and create themselves and renovate and re-imagine black culture. Jim Alexander captures the expressive relationship between performer and audience and between emotion and memory that is so important, and essential, to black music.

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Image credits: Ray Charles, image courtesy Jim Alexander