Jeff Jacobson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946. After working as an ACLU lawyer in the American South, he turned to photography in 1974. He pioneered the now common technique of open flash in the 1970s. Jacobson joined Magnum Photos in 1978. He later left Magnum and joined Archive Pictures, later becoming a full partner and president. Jacobson's photographs are in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Houston Museum of Fine Art, George Eastman House in Rochester, NY, The Center For Creative Photography, Tucson, Az., The Joy of Giving Society in New York, The Center for Photography at Woodstock. His work has been exhibited at The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, The International Center of Photography, New York, The Jewish Museum, New York, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Ga., George Eastman House, Rochester, NY, Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, The Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, The Center For Photography at Woodstock, NY, The Photo Resource Center in Boston, Look 3 Photo Festival, Charlottesville, Virginia, Visa Pour L’image, Perpignan, France, Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao, China, and many galleries around the world. Jeff teaches workshops yearly at the International Center of Photography, in New York. He has also taught at The Tuscany Photo Workshop, The Anderson Ranch, Center For Photography at Woodstock, the Julia Dean Photo Workshop, in Los Angeles, Centro de la Imagen, in Mexico City, Shakerag Arts Workshop, in Sewannee, Tennessee, and Bazan Photo Workshops, in Sicily. He teaches his own workshops around the United States. He has won grants from the National Endowment For The Arts, and The New York Foundation For The Arts. He has worked as a photojournalist for major magazines around the world, such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, Life, Fortune, Stern, Amica, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, and many others.
Jeff has published three books, My Fellow Americans, University of New Mexico Press, in 1991, Melting Point, Nazraeli Press, in 2006, and The Last Roll, Daylight Books, 2013, all shot on Kodachrome film. He is hard at work on the fourth, working title, Evocations,, shot on a small point and shoot digital camera. Jacobson's archive is housed at the Center For Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, in Tucson.
At a glance:
The New York Times Magazine
The Whitney Museum of American Art
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Houston Museum of American Art
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Center for Creative Photography, AZ
The Joy of Giving Society, NY
National Endowment for the Arts
New York Foundation for the Arts