Bruce Jackson b. 1936, Dustin Hoffman, 1995; black and white photograph, 8 x 10 inches; Courtesy of the Artist

"Faces: Bruce Jackson" by Tony Bannon

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bruce Jackson has been making pictures of people for half a century. It is a kind of crowd-sourcing, and it is in the breed.  Most public intellectuals, it seems, are practiced people persons. Likely it is part of the qualifications necessary for the job. Public intellectuals are notable party people, and Jackson has his.  Change doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

Making pictures of people – particularly of loved ones – is fundamental to the practice of photography. The face is a powerful nexus of information, depicting that place where the senses gather.  Viewers read it for any bits of information that might be offered, confident that the face reveals what words might hide.  The face is the open book, the pathway to the soul, the artist’s harvest, for Jackson, from Death Row to the Family.

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Anthony Bannon
Executive Director
Burchfield Penney Art Center