Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions & Brooklyn Beats
Central Library, Grand Lobby
Jazz in Brooklyn: A Community of Visions by Lourdes Delgado
This photographic exhibition examines how jazz musicians live in Brooklyn and is part of a larger project that features musicians and others in the jazz scene that live in New York City. My intention is to explore jazz from a social, economic and cultural viewpoint, rather than a musical one. Away from the typical locations common in jazz iconography-the bandstand or studio-my images capture these individuals in a more personal and revealing space: their homes. With a large format camera, I'm able to capture their lives and lifestyles with great detail. My portraits focus on the subjects, but also on everything around them-the structure of the room, the quality of the light and the objects in the room. They provide meticulous data for future analysis.
Lourdes Delgado was born in Barcelona (Spain) and moved to New York in 1993. She is a freelance photographer and is working on two large-scale projects: Jazz in New York: A Community of Visions and Build Up Portraits. She has photographed people, including Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, George Soros, John Irving, Amy Tan, Tom Wolfe, Viggo Mortensen and Antonio Banderas for magazines, and musicians such as Chick Corea, Kenny Barron, Greg Osby and Brad Mehldau for jazz CDs. Delgado's photographs have also appeared in non-profit galleries around the country.
Brooklyn Beats by Al Pereira
The photographs in this show portray rap and hip-hop artists from the 1980s and 1990s. I've always loved music photography and felt it was important to document rappers as musicians. There wasn't any money in doing it, but it was exciting and happening right here in Brooklyn and NYC. When I got rolling, you could just call a number off the back of an album and set up a shoot. It was all do-it-yourself then and most of the artists were thrilled just to have won some notice.
Brooklyn-based Al Pereira is one of the pioneering photographers of hip-hop's golden age. He is the team photographer for the New York Jets and a freelance music photographer. His photographs have appeared in The New York Times, New York Post, the Daily News, Time, Newsweek, Vibe, The Source, Spin, Guitar One, Blues Revue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and Bravo magazine. Pereira's work has also appeared in group and solo exhibitions in New York City. In 1998, he wrote and provided photographs for Rapper's Delights: African-American Cookin' With Soul, a cookbook which featured the favorite recipes of leading rap performers.