The Jazz Lenses Photographs of Jazz Musicians in New Orleans

An exhibition of Skip Bolen's 20 x 24 inch silver-gelatin black & white jazz photographs and Steven Forster's 4 by 6 foot Fuji Archive color jazz photographs will be on exhibit at John Stinson Fine Arts at 900 South Peters Street, located in the historic New Orleans Arts District, from April 24, 2003 through May 31, 2003.

SKIP BOLEN: Shooting primarily in black and white, using only available light with a Leica camera system, Skip Bolen is dedicated to "capturing the moment" of some of today's most exciting jazz performers on and offstage, revealing images infused with the spontaneous intensity, raw energy and collaborative spirit of the live jazz performance. Photographs on exhibit include Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews on trumpet, Dave Brubeck on piano, Roland Guerin on bass, Donald Harrison Jr. on alto sax, Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn, Ellis Marsalis on piano, Jason Marsalis on vibes, Irvin Mayfield on trumpet, Nicholas Payton on flugelhorn and trumpet, vocalist Jimmy Scott, James Singleton on bass, Mark Whitfield on guitar, vocalist Cassandra Wilson, and many more. The exhibit also includes images shot in and around New Orleans and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that capture the essence and soul of the Big Easy.

Skip Bolen's jazz photography has appeared in the CBS News Productions' episode of "Legendary Hangouts" hosted by Morley Safer. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at The Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Jazz Day L.A. at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Los Angeles Jazz Society's Annual Jazz Tribute and Awards Dinner & Concert. His photography has been featured in various leading International and local jazz publications and newspapers, as well as various major label CD packages. In addition to his day job as the Creative Director of House of Blues in L.A., he currently freelances for several publications. He is a member of the Jazz Photographers Association, Jazz Journalists Association, International Association of Jazz Educators, Los Angeles Jazz Society and Advertising Photographers of America.

STEVEN FORSTER: For the first time in seven years, award-winning photographer Steven Forster has opened up his portfolio to feature large 4 by 6 ft Fuji Archive photographs of Jazz Musicians in New Orleans for this exhibition at John Stinson Fine Arts.

Steven Forster is an Award winning photographer, a New Orleans native and has been a professional photographer for more than twenty years. His work is in public and private collections, among them the Historic New Orleans Collection, as well as exhibiting twice at the New Orleans Museum of Art and many exhibitions at the Mario Villa Gallery in New Orleans and Chicago. He has had more than eight thousand photographs published worldwide--for, among others, the A&E Network, People Magazine, Court TV, the Associated Press, Fox Sports, Elle Magazine, TV Guide, Washington Monthly, Gambit and Figaro newspapers, New Orleans Magazine, LesBeaux Arts, Women's Wear Daily, and the late, lamented Impact. He was Photo Editor for Roll Call newspaper in Washington, D.C. Forster is the featured photographer in The Practical Handbook For The Emerging Artist. He currently writes and photographs the Big Easy page in the Sunday edition of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and has won three Alpha awards, one for his "Visible Women," a series of portraits of local female notables in virtually every field of endeavor, and the other two for his Big Easy page. In 2002 Steven Forster won the Acclaim Award from The Forum For Equality for his photography. And Steven was the last person known to have photographed Ethel Merman.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.

John Stinson Fine Arts is located on the ground floor of the Paragon Lofts building at 900 South Peters St., corner of St. Joseph Street in the Historic Arts District of New Orleans, one block from the entrance to the Convention Center and walking distance from the French Quarter. Hours are Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday from Noon - 5 p.m. and by appointment. Contact John Stinson at (504) 566.1944 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Skip Steven Bolen Forster
  • Event Date: April 24-May 31 2003
  • Subtitle: Photographs by Skip Bolen and Steven Forster
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