Thursday, March 20, 2014

Jack Smith’s Early Experiments in Color

Unlike the majority of his contemporary art photographers in the late fifties Jack Smith concentrated on experiments with color photography, at least for a few years.  I’m not sure where he got the money for it, seeing as it was a pretty expensive process; perhaps not as costly as it had been a few years before he took it up, but still…..I can only assume he had a few wealthy admirers willing to foot the bills.  (Of course it’s true he hardly ever spent any money on food.  His skills in table diving have been held up for my admiration by more than one of his old friends.)  Here you see a few of the fruits of this great collective effort that he managed to sustain for a few years. Among the collaborators one might recognize from previous exposure are the film maker, Ken Jacobs, and Jack’s co-star from Star Spangled to Death, Jerry Sims.  Reese Haire, who appeared with them in Scotch Tape makes a few appearances here; as well as Jack, Dr. Madman himself.

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