Jack Spencer  (American, 1951) 

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Jack Spencer (American, b.1951) is a respected photographer known for his portraits and manipulated images. Spencer was born in Kosiusko, MS, and studied at Louisiana Tech University. His early work was inspired by the southern United States. His first book, Native Soil, featured images of horses, trees, and the southern landscape. Snow Ponies is a manipulated photograph depicting two white horses on a white background. The piece is a glazed gelatin silver print and is a typical representation of his work.

Spencer helped form the Lost Boys Foundation in Nashville in 2004. He was inspired by the story of Pel Gai, who was murdered in a nightclub in Nashville. Spencer helped raise the money to bury the poor immigrant and created a collection of photographs known as The Lost Boys. The photos featured Sudan refugees and were not manipulated like his previous work. One of the pieces in the collection, King, features a young man standing with his back to the camera and gazing into the distance.

Spencer lost interest in the South and traveled to Mexico where he became interested in the Day of the Dead festivities. The resulting Apariciones collection will be included in his first digital publication. He returned to the United Stated and began working on This Land, which features monuments and landmarks of the United States. During this time, Spencer said he was disgusted with his home country and politics. He altered his photographs in the dark room and almost attacked them. Mt. Rushmore, South Dakota is almost unrecognizable. Only one face from the monument is visible, and the entire photograph is darkened creating an eerie image.

His work has been shown at the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Columbia Museum of Art, and the Louisiana Center for Arts and Sciences. His photographs were also featured in the book The South by Its Photographers alongside the work of influential artists such as Shelby Lee Adams (American, b.1950) and William Christenberry (American, b.1936). Spencer has begun experimenting with digital media and has largely abandoned the darkroom. He is planning DVD compilations of his work and continues to live and photograph in Nashville, TN.

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Jack Spencer, Horses Running

 

Jack Spencer
Horses Running
Debra Heimerdinger/Fine Art Photographs
Jack Spencer, Girl Under Window

 

Jack Spencer
Girl Under Window
Debra Heimerdinger/Fine Art Photographs
Jack Spencer, Cala #1

 

Jack Spencer
Cala #1
Debra Heimerdinger/Fine Art Photographs
Jack Spencer, Light Vessel

 

Jack Spencer
Light Vessel
Debra Heimerdinger/Fine Art Photographs
Jack Spencer, Alabama Town Front, Moseley

 

Jack Spencer
Alabama Town Front, Moseley
Debra Heimerdinger/Fine Art Photographs
Jack Spencer, Sofia's Zapatos

 

Jack Spencer
Sofia's Zapatos
Debra Heimerdinger/Fine Art Photographs
Jack Spencer, Liz

 

Jack Spencer
Liz
Debra Heimerdinger/Fine Art Photographs
Jack Spencer, Liz 3

 

Jack Spencer
Liz 3
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Jack Spencer, Repose 1

 

Jack Spencer
Repose 1
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Jack Spencer, M.L. & Mr. Henry's Buick, Batesville, MS

 

Jack Spencer
M.L. & Mr. Henry's Buick, Batesville, MS, 1997
toned gelatin silver print

 

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Jack Spencer, An American House, Northern Nebraska

 

Jack Spencer
An American House, Northern Nebraska, 2003
gelatin silver print w/mixed media glaze

 

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Jack Spencer, Orbs, Oaxaca, Mexico

 

Jack Spencer
Orbs, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2000
selenium toned gelatin silver print

 

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  Born in Kosiusko, Mississippi
  Attended Louisiana Tech University LA
2008   An Overview, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2008   Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2008   Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ (solo)
2005   Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2005   Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley ID (solo)
2005   Oswald Gallery, Jackson, WY (solo)
2005   Galleria Filon, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (solo)
2005   SKH Gallery, Great Barrington, Mass. (solo)
2004   Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC
2004   Image Gallery, Bologna, Italy
2004   Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Ga
2004   Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS
2004   Andrew Smith Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2004   Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
2004   Stephen Clark Gallery, Austin TX
2003   Paul Kopeiken Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, New Orleans, LA
2003   Lexington Art Gallery, Lexington, VA
2003   Debra Heimerdinger Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003   Bonnie Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
2003   Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2003   In Celebration of Light, Honolulu Museum of Art
2003   White Room Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2003   Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
2002   What Were They Thinking, 15th Anniversary Show, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago IL
2002   Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN
2002   Jackson Fine Art Photography, Atlanta, GA
2002   Stephen L. Clark Gallery, Austin, TX
2002   Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX
2001   Bassetti Fine Art Photographs, New Orleans, LA
2001   Stephen L. Clark Gallery, Austin, TX
2001   Paul Kopeiken Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2001   David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN
2001   Gail Severn Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
2001   Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX
2001   Gallery 119, Jackson, MS
2001   Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt, Germany
2001   G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle, WA
2000   Jackson Fine Art Photography, Atlanta, GA
2000   Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
2000   Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1999   Catherine Edelman Gallery Chicago, IL
1999   Native Soil, Bonni Benrubi Gallery New York, NY
1998   Silent Dramas, Catherine Edelman Gallery Chicago, IL
1998   A Return Home-Pictures from the American South, Gallery of Contemporary Photography Santa Monica, CA
1998   Legacy of Life, Ohio Weslyan University Columbus, OH
1998   , Cumberland Gallery Nashville, TN
1997   Rear View, University of California Los Angeles, CA
1997   Art/Fair Seattle '97, Seattle, WA
1997   Southern Stories, G. Gibson Gallery Seattle, WA
1997   Suite 103 Gallery Jackson, MS
1997   Spectrum, Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
1997   Armory, Works on Paper, New York, NY
1996   , Gallery of Southern Photographers New Orleans, LA
1996   The Art of Photography, Armory Arts Museum West Palm Beach, FL
1996   The South by Its Photographers, Birmingham Museum of Art Birmingham, AL
1995   Spectrum, Hunter Museum of Art Chattanooga, TN
1995   Cumberland Gallery Nashville, TN
1994   Southside Gallery Oxford, MS