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JIM GOLDBERG

Photography Laureate

Jim Goldberg, the first ever SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate, is a master artist admired for his innovative use of image and text to tell stories in poetic new ways. A professor at the California College of Art and member of the famed Mangum Photos agency, Goldberg has produced a rich body of work over the last 30 years. His books include Rich and Poor, in which he explores notions of class, power and happiness by juxtaposing images of people in welfare with affluent subjects in elegantly furnished homes. Rich and Poor has often been cited as one of the greatest photo books of the 20th century. 

Installed in the SFJAZZ Center lobby is a pigment print of his iconic photograph "Prized Possession"—the same photograph used as the album cover of the SFJAZZ Collective's 2012 album Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder—from his acclaimed Open See collection, which tells the story of refugees, immigrants, and trafficked individuals journeying from their countries of origin to their new homes in Europe. The installation is courtesy of the artist, Robert Mailer Anderson, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, and Pace MacGill Gallery.

JIM GOLDBERG

Photography Laureate

Jim Goldberg, the first ever SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate, is a master artist admired for his innovative use of image and text to tell stories in poetic new ways. A professor at the California College of Art and member of the famed Mangum Photos agency, Goldberg has produced a rich body of work over the last 30 years. His books include Rich and Poor, in which he explores notions of class, power and happiness by juxtaposing images of people in welfare with affluent subjects in elegantly furnished homes. Rich and Poor has often been cited as one of the greatest photo books of the 20th century. 

Installed in the SFJAZZ Center lobby is a pigment print of his iconic photograph "Prized Possession"—the same photograph used as the album cover of the SFJAZZ Collective's 2012 album Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder—from his acclaimed Open See collection, which tells the story of refugees, immigrants, and trafficked individuals journeying from their countries of origin to their new homes in Europe. The installation is courtesy of the artist, Robert Mailer Anderson, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, and Pace MacGill Gallery.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Poetry Laureate

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, he appeared on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary “Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices” and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists”. Bamuthi is the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater and in April 2012, he was one of 21 artists to be named to the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. His evening length work ‘red black and GREEN:a blues’ was nominated for a 2013 Bessie Award for “Outstanding Production (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form)”. Bamuthi’s next piece in this artistic vein is called /peh-LO-tah/, and is a Balinese style shadow play that examines global economies and sexual identities through the lens of soccer’s World Cup. He is the founding Program Director of the exemplary non-profit Youth Speaks, and is a co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action. Mr. Joseph recently completed new works for the Philadelphia Opera and South Coast Repertory Theater while serving as Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Poetry Laureate

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America’s vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, he appeared on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America’s Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary “Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices” and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists”. Bamuthi is the 2011 Alpert Award winner in Theater and in April 2012, he was one of 21 artists to be named to the inaugural class of Doris Duke Artists. His evening length work ‘red black and GREEN:a blues’ was nominated for a 2013 Bessie Award for “Outstanding Production (of a work stretching the boundaries of a traditional form)”. Bamuthi’s next piece in this artistic vein is called /peh-LO-tah/, and is a Balinese style shadow play that examines global economies and sexual identities through the lens of soccer’s World Cup. He is the founding Program Director of the exemplary non-profit Youth Speaks, and is a co-founder of Life is Living, a national series of one day festivals designed to activate under-resourced parks and affirm peaceful urban life through hip hop arts and focused environmental action. Mr. Joseph recently completed new works for the Philadelphia Opera and South Coast Repertory Theater while serving as Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco.