Written by Courtney Browne.
May 19th marks the beginning of the much anticipated exhibition, The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in NYC, 1957-1965. This exhibit consists of 163 photographs by W. Eugene Smith, a celebrated former Life magazine photographer who, in 1957, left the home of his family to move into the infamous five-story loft building in New York City that unknowingly became the centerpiece of what is thought to be his greatest body of work.
In celebration of this fascinating exhibition, MOPA Store will be carrying Sam Stephenson’s, The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue 1957-1965. Stephenson’s book is an excellent compilation of all the elements that went into Smith’s actual documentation and vision. This book is the result of seven years of cataloging, archiving, selecting, and editing of Smith’s materials. In addition, Stephenson has interviewed at least 330 people who passed through the loft building during that time.
The Jazz Loft Project opens to MOPA Members on Friday, May 18th and officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 19th. Sam Stephenson will do two book signings: one is
following the lecture at the Member’s opening and the other one is on Saturday at 11 am. We look forward to seeing you there!