The Photo Exchange

Jeff Dunas: State of the Blues at Gallery 478

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on September 1, 2012

Photo copyright by Jeff Dunas.

Gallery 478 is pleased to present State of the Blues, an exhibition of photographs by Jeff Dunas. 

Los Angeles-based photographer, Jeff Dunas has created a stirring visual tribute to the blues in a series of intimate portraits of the greatest artists of the genreincluding B. B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Taj Mahal, and many others. The exhibition includes timeless photos of legendary landmarks and birthplaces of the blues along the Blues Highway, a heritage trail through the American South stretching from New Orleans to Chicago, where the blues continues to thrive today.

Photographer, author, publisher, lecturer and Palm Springs Photo Festival director, Jeff Dunas has contributed photographic essays to publications worldwide. His photographs have appeared in more than 60 one-person exhibitions around the globe and in nearly every mainstream magazine including GQ, Life, Vibe, Entertainment Weekly, and Esquire.

Jeff Dunas does a lot of things well-portraits, fashion, fine art and beauty-for his own projects and for publications as diverse as Life, GQ, Vibe and Entertainment Weekly. He is the recipient of the Print Magazine Photography award and the New York Art Directors Club Award, among others.

He began to interview and photograph legendary blues performers in 1994, and the result is the stunning collection, State of the Blues, published by Aperture. With a preface by John Lee Hooker, the book showcases Dunas’s portraits of dozens of legendary blues artists, from Hooker to B.B. King to Etta James. There is also a historic essay by William Ferris, and interviews with over 25 musicians about what it means to live, to have, and to play the blues, mixed with Dunas’s photos of the music’s birthplace. A permanent exhibition of the work is installed at the House of Blue in Los Angeles.

Curated by Arnée and Ray Carofano.

For visuals or additional information please call 310-732-2150. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 11 AM – 5 PM, and by appointment. This exhibition funded in part by generous support from the CRA/LA.

This show runs September 6 – November 29, 2012

 Open 1st Thursday, September 6, 6 – 9 PM Artist’s Opening Reception:Saturday, September 8, 4 – 7 PM

Gallery 478 is located at 478 W 7th St. , San Pedro, CA

Phone: (310) 732-2150

By Jim McKinniss

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