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Jack Mitchell
Alvin Ailey studio portrait.

1960

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11 x 14" vintage silver gelatin photograph of Alvin Ailey in 1960 when he was 29 years old. Comes directly from the Jack Mitchell Archives with a certificate of authenticity. (Photograph by Jack Mitchell © Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Inc. and Smithsonian Institution 2016.) Jack Mitchell, (1925-2013) bulging photographic portfolio of actors, writers, painters, musicians and especially dancers describes a pictorial history of the arts in the late 20th century. Mr. Mitchell, who took hundreds of pictures for The New York Times, was both a portraitist and a capturer of complex motion. An expert in lighting, he worked mostly, though not entirely, in black and white, and he was known — by his subjects, by the magazine and newspaper editors he worked for, and by critics — as someone who could make a photograph reveal character. Jack Mitchell was the official photographer for the American Ballet Theater, and he chronicled the work of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for more than thirty years. When he retired in 1995, he had fulfilled more than 5,000 assignments in black and white, and nearly a thousand in color. He photographed more than 160 covers for Dance magazine, and his photos have appeared in Time, Life, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, Vogue and many other publications. Mitchell’s photographs are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, among others. The 2019 USPS Black Heritage postage stamp honoring American performer Gregory Hines was made from a Jack Mitchell photograph, and a Jack Mitchell photograph of Audre Lorde was transformed into a huge glass mosaic as a permanent installation at the 167th Street MTA subway station in NYC.

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  • Dimensions
    H 14 in. x W 11 in.H 35.56 cm x W 27.94 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Senoia, GA
  • Reference Number
    LU113723912002
  • Seller Reference Number
    Alvin Ailey Box ITEM 7513
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