The Opening Reception for Jay Blakesberg’s Light and Dark Show at the Photo Center is Thursday, November 9 from 5:30-9 p.m.

The exhibition features iconic images of blues legends (all now sadly deceased) Muddy Waters, BB King, James Cotton and Johnny Winter taken in 1979 –  two weeks after Blakesberg’s high School graduation. There are portraits of Tom waits, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Carlos Santana and many more that were shot on assignment for Rock Magazines such as Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, or BAM (Bay Area Music Magazine).

Photographs of whirling dervishes shot at Grateful Dead concerts stand beside photographs of stage divers and at Festivals such as Lollapalooza. IBlakesberg’s hyper sensitive personality is always scanning the scene looking for the unique and interesting photograph that will tell the story of that day!

In 1978, at age 16, Jay Blakesberg’s father loaned him a Pentax camera to take pictures at a Grateful Dead concert in his home state of New Jersey. That was the beginning of a 40-year adventure photographing the rock and roll experience.

His first paid assignment came in September 1979 when the Aquarian Weekly paid Jay $15 to run two photographs in the free weekly. In November 1987, Jay landed his first assignment with Rolling Stone Magazine to photograph a free U2 concert in downtown San Francisco.

The show continues through January 6. There is also a selection of rock and roll photographs taken by Blakesberg on display at McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park.


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