Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Photographer Jimmy Williams Helps Preserve the Blues

Jimmy Williams' Photographs of Blues Musicians
Image Source: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/01/a-right-to-sing-the-blues/#/1/
The New York Times' Lens blog posted this story about a photographer working to help support blues musicians and keep the blues alive.
(Click Here) to read the Lens post. Be sure to click through the photo set.
Photographer Jimmy Williams supports an organization known as the Music Maker Relief Foundation with his images. Jimmy meets with aged blues musicians, usually in their homes, and spends a few hours getting to know them, and photographing them. He gives full access to his images to the foundation, which financially supports the musicians and their music.
Mr. Williams asks the musicians to dress as they would for a performance. In my opinion, this helps to show their musical inspiration. In many of the shots, I can see the musicians living out their past memories. These photographs are very personal, and are inspiring to me.