AAP Magazine #7 - Wild

N. Jay Jaffee

American Photographer | Born: 1921 - Died: 1999
Born Nathan Jaffee to Isidore and Anna Jaffee, N. Jay Jaffee was raised in various Brooklyn neighborhoods, from Brownsville to East New York to Brighton Beach. After a difficult childhood, and the death of his mother when he was 15, he left school to work as a typesetter. In 1947, fresh out of the army, recently married, and struggling to reconcile his experiences of war with the society to which he returned, Jaffee picked up his camera. He had been an infantry squad leader during World War II and had seen heavy combat in Europe. Initially photographing was a catharsis, a means of affirming life in contrast to the irrational destruction of war. By rejoicing in and recording the humor and warmth of the social community—people in pursuit of their daily lives—he was able to transform the fear and horror that had remained as a legacy of war.

Jaffee started photographing the Brooklyn neighborhoods in which he grew up. Manhattan also beckoned, as did Queens, and eventually Long Island. His work captured the movements and shadows of the city streets, subways, signs, markets, and the people who inhabited them. His formal training came after he had been photographing for some time. He attended classes taught by Sid Grossman, of the legendary Photo League, and met with Edward Steichen, then curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art. Steichen offered encouragement and requested three prints, which became part of the museum’s permanent collection. In 1950, two were included in the group show “Fifty-One American Photographers.”

While raising a family—he had two daughters, Anna and Cyrisse, with his wife Isabel—and working in the printing industry, Jaffee continued to photograph in the classic black-and-white format. Jaffee eventually moved to Huntington, Long Island. Although he had always photographed nature, his later work included more landscapes and, through his travels, the sights and sounds of Europe. A major one-person show, “Inward Image,” was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 1981. Many exhibits followed, and his work was added to many major museums and institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Portrait Gallery, the Library of Congress, the National Museum of American Art, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Bibliotheque nationale de France, the International Museum of Photography and Film (George Eastman House), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. After being represented by the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, he formed a close working relationship with the Sarah Morthland Gallery, also in New York. (For more information, see Exhibitions.) A book of his photographs, N. Jay Jaffee: Photographs 1947–1956, was published in 1976. His work has also been included in: American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital, edited by Keith David; Cityscapes: A History of New York in Images by Howard B. Rock and Deborah Dash Moore; This Was the Photo League: Compassion and the Camera from the Depression to the Cold War by Anne Wilkes Tucker, Claire Cass, and Stephen Daiter; and When Brooklyn Was the World by Elliott Willensky.

In September 1999, a 50-year retrospective, “Coney Island to Camusett: The Photographic Journey of N. Jay Jaffee: 1947–1999,” organized before his death in March of that year, was shown at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, New York. Just before his death, he established The N. Jay Jaffee Trust, which now holds his complete work and negatives. For more than half a century, the camera served as an instrument through which Jaffee interpreted the world and his position in it. Much of his work can be seen as a form of self-portrait, a barometer of his sense of self at various times in his life. “Photographs,” he once wrote, “are born of the positives and negatives accumulated in a lifetime.”
Source njayjaffee.com
David Bailey: SUMO
 
 

More Great Photographers To Discover

Alban Lécuyer
Nationality: French
Born: 1977

Born in Paris in 1977, Alban Lécuyer studied Journalism and Photography at the Lille Graduate School of Journalism (France). He mainly works as a photographer of architecture within public projects and for private companies (advertising campaigns, photographic missions). Whilst collaborating with various journals, he teaches the History of Photography and Image Analysis at the DMA in Nantes (France). His personal projects centre around the analysis of new forms of (…)
Alban Lécuyer
Alban Lécuyer
Alban Lécuyer
Alban Lécuyer
Alban Lécuyer
Alban Lécuyer
Alban Lécuyer
Alban Lécuyer
 
Bojana Tatarska
Nationality: Bulgarian

From www.bojanatatarska.com
Born in Bulgaria, Bojana Tatarska came to Paris at the age of 18 and worked as a fashion model for almost a decade while studying Art and Communication at the Universite Paris-Sorbonne. Initially she wanted to be a journalist before becoming a self-taught photographer. In 2006 she began to photograph professionally as a freelancer and her photographs have (…)
 
Justyna Neryng
Nationality: Poland
Born: 1981

Born in Poland in 1981, Justyna Neryng spent much of her childhood playing with her father’s cameras and dark room while roaming the forests of Chelmsko on the Czech boarder. As an adult, a mother and an immigrant to Britain, her photography has flourished into a substantial body of portraiture. Perhaps the most evocative of her works are her exquisitely emotive self-portraits that seem to carry the dark spirit of the forest from her childhood as well as potently (…)
Justyna Neryng
Justyna Neryng
Justyna Neryng
Justyna Neryng
Justyna Neryng
Justyna Neryng
Justyna Neryng
Justyna Neryng
 
Katherine Westerhout
Nationality: American

From www.katwest.com
Katherine received her B.A. in Art/Photography from San Francisco State University and began exhibiting in the mid 1990's. She has shown widely in the United States and abroad, and is represented by Electric Works (formerly, Trillium Press) in San Francisco. Among her collectors are the San Jose Museum of Art; Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University; (…)
 
Deb Schwedhelm
Nationality: American
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Deb Schwedhelm was originally trained as a Registered Nurse and subsequently spent 10 years employed as an Air Force Nurse. Although she has been passionate about photography since her early 20s, it wasn't until Deb left the military that she was able to pursue the medium as a full-time career.

Deb's photographs have been exhibited widely and featured in numerous publications throughout the world. She has received awards from Photolucida, (…)
Deb Schwedhelm
Deb Schwedhelm
Deb Schwedhelm
Deb Schwedhelm
Deb Schwedhelm
Deb Schwedhelm
Deb Schwedhelm
Deb Schwedhelm
 
Monia Merlo
Nationality: Italian
Born: 1970
She was born in Bassano del Grappa, Italy, 1970. After finishing her studies in Venice, she teamed her work as an architect with her passion for Photography, making it her main expression medium. Monia currently works as a freelance photographer, her work is focused on fashion, including prestigious collaborations with famous brands. Her photos find inspiration in literature, poetry and her most inner feelings. They are means of creation, research and development of a work (…)
Monia Merlo
Monia Merlo
Monia Merlo
Monia Merlo
Monia Merlo
Monia Merlo
Monia Merlo
Monia Merlo
 
William Eugene Smith
Nationality: American
Born: 1918 - Died: 1978
William Eugene Smith was an American photojournalist known for his refusal to compromise professional standards and his brutally vivid World War II photographs. Smith graduated from Wichita North High School in 1936. He began his career by taking pictures for two local newspapers, The Wichita Eagle (morning circulation) and the Beacon (evening circulation). He moved to New York City and began work for Newsweek and became known for his incessant perfectionism and thorny (…)
 
Brandon Thibodeaux
Nationality: American
Born: 1981
Brandon Thibodeaux (b. 1981) is a photographer based in Dallas, Texas, who creates portraits in the documentary tradition. In addition to his assignment work and creative commissions, he explores life in the American south. He is a member of the photography collective MJR, based in New York City.

Clients and Publications
ABC Disney, AARP Bulletin, Forbes, FT Weekend Magazine, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Gatorade, Goodyear, The Los Angeles Times, Luminant Power,(…)
Brandon Thibodeaux
Brandon Thibodeaux
Brandon Thibodeaux
Brandon Thibodeaux
Brandon Thibodeaux
Brandon Thibodeaux
Brandon Thibodeaux
Brandon Thibodeaux
 
Peter Lindbergh
Nationality: German
Born: 1944

From en.wikipedia.org
Peter Lindbergh, born Peter Brodbeck, is a German photographer and filmmaker, born on November 23, 1944 in Leszno, Poland (the city was German between 1939 and 1945 and called Reichsgau Wartheland). Peter Lindbergh spent his childhood in Duisburg. After a basic school education he worked as a window dresser for the Karstadt and Horten department (…)
 
David Bailey: SUMO
 
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
AAP Magazine#7 Wild
 
Discover the 5th Issue of AAP Magazine
All About Photo Magazine showcases the winners of AAP Magazine Competitions
 
 
 
The Jules Maeght Gallery is a contemporary art gallery who seeks to engage the San Francisco community by infusing European artists, young and established alike, into a diverse, multimedia dialogue.
 
TAKES U TO THE NEXT LEVEL
 
Since 2005, your guide through contemporary art from a French perspective to let you make exciting choices