Presenters, 2008

Jeff Jacobson was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1946. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1968, and from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, in  1971.  While practicing as an ACLU lawyer in the American ­South in the early 70s, Jeff became interested in photography, shooting in southern jails and rural areas.  After completing a workshop at Apeiron with Charles Harbutt, in 1974, Jacobson quit his law practice to devote his full energies to photography.

Jeff joined Magnum Photos in 1978; he left in 1981 and helped found Archive Pictures. He continued his color explorations in the United States throughout the 80s, which culminated in the publication of his monograph, My Fellow Americans, by the University of New Mexico Press. Jeff does assignments for magazines such as The New York Times Magazine, Fortune, Time, Geo, Stern, and Life.

Jeff’s photographs are in the permanent collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and The Houston Museum of Fine Art. 

 In 1990, Jeff moved to Los Angeles and began a series of pictures which were published in his book, Melting Point, by Nazraeli Press, Autumn, ’06. An exhibition of Melting Point was at the Peer Gallery, in New York City, Nov. ’06–January ’07, Cedro 26 Gallery, in Rome, Italy, April, 2008, and the Festival of the Photograph, Charlottesville, VA, June, 2008. Jeff now lives with his wife, Marnie Andrews, in Mt. Tremper, a Catskills hamlet about two hours north of New York.


Nubar Alexanian is a documentary photographer whose worked has been featured in major magazines in the United States and Europe including The New York Times Magazine, Life, Fortune, GEO, Time and Newsweek. For the past 35 years he has travelled to more than 30 countries focusing on long term personal projects which describe the human condition. In 2008, he completed his fifth book, Nonfiction: Photographs by Nubar Alexanian from the film sets of Errol Morris, (Walker Creek Press) a 15 year collaboration with filmmaker Errol Morris. Solo exhibitions of this work have been shown at The Walker Art Center, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Caren Golden Fine Art Gallery (NYC) The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, The LOOK3 Festival, and Clark University.