|Christopher Jacobs' 1990 portrait of bluesmaster Buddy Guy, is an icon of Chicago history (and a story in its own right). It presents a photographer and a musician at the crossroads of hard work and fame. With obvious joy, they strikes a chord that would appear in various international publications, from Ebony and National Geographic to Time and Travel & Leisure.
The image also introduced fans to a style of portraiture that would soon capture the likes of Dizzy Gilespie, BB King and Carlos Santana. Notable for its frank honesty and natural emotion, the work prompted one Chicago writer to observe 'passion so clear it makes the image sing.' It was a shot from an artistic canon that goes back for years. Be it blues, jazz, country, classical, rock, or the latest subway rap wizard, Jacobs' work is inspired by a rhythm that is seldom found elsewhere.
Christopher Jacobs' career began when he made a pinhole camera in the second grade. A year later, he purchased his first 35 millimeter camera. Then he constructed a dark room in his parents basement. The expertise and appreciation he gained for the traditional way of doing things helped produce some of his greatest work. But he didn't stop there.
With a clear understanding of the digital tools represented by today's imaging software, Jacobs has grown to become one of those rare shooters who can boast success from both the red-lit chamber known as the dark room and the wirring box known as the hard drive. His work has expanded to include advertising, corporate, editorial, tabletop and, of course, portraiture. His vision has reached the frames of film and motion graphics.
In addition to the work created in his Chicago studio, Jacobs' diverse range of clients often takes him on location from mobile home communities throughout the United States, to NFL cheerleaders on the beaches of Hawaii. Beginning long before the sun rises and continuing long after it sets, he and his crew capture the unforgettable moments as they happen and deliver the finished results to the client before calling it a day.
The Communication Arts Award for Photography, The Addys Award for Best of Show and The Addys Gold are among the accolades his work has received to date, and his work is in a permanent collection at the Smithsonian Institute. Christopher Jacobs resides in Chicago with his Son, and in his free time is often creating backyard and studio projects that often rival a Norman Rockwell Painting.
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