Jan 10, 2019
Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr. is a photojournalist
and image activist. He honed his craft on the front lines of
America’s social justice movements, documenting people and events
in cities throughout the nation. His social documentary work has
been featured most notably at exhibits at the Levine Museum of the
New South and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts
+ Culture. His work includes professional sports, concert,
portrait, editorial and fashion photography. He has taken
photographs for the NFL, NBA and NASCAR, and commissioned to take
concert photography at multiple record-breaking dates of Jay Z’s
4:44 Tour. He is a recipient of Charlotte magazine’s 2018
Charlottean of the Year Award.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
photography, image activism, social justice, and showing up for
IN THIS EPISODE
- Alvin discusses image activism and photographs
taken ‘through the lens of the people.’
- He shares why and how he documents certain
- He describes the ‘K(no)w Justice, K(no)w
Peace’ exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South.
- He reveals what goes through his mind when he
shooting photographs during street protests.
- Alvin addresses ‘benefiting’ from photographs
of conflict and struggle that he has taken.
- He describes the ‘Welcome to Brookhill’
exhibit at the Harvey B. Gantt Museum of African American Arts +
- He talks about growing up in Rockford,
Illinois, how the city has changed, and what living in
Rockford taught him.
- He discusses his father, step-father and
mother and his relationship with them.
- Alvin reflects on attending Keith Country Day School
and Auburn High School in Rockford.
- He considers how becoming a father at a young
age changed the trajectory of his life.
- He talks about the ‘spaghetti junction’ of his
life took after high school.
- He shares why he is in a hurry to live.
- He addresses the consequences of maintaining street
- Alvin discloses what he wants his career to have been
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