Jack Robinson: Portraits 1958-72
The Memphis Rock n Soul Museum is excited to announce Jack Robinson: Portraits 1958-72, a new temporary exhibit celebrating the photography of Memphian Jack Robinson. The exhibit will feature an eclectic array of portraits of some of the biggest names in the history of popular music, including local legends like Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, and Sam and Dave. The exhibit, which is set to open to the public on August 28, will feature over 70 black and white portraits that exemplify Robinson’s unique talent.
Although his career as a professional photographer was relatively brief-spanning only seventeen years- Jack Robinson was able to reach the pages of some of the world’s most prominent publications, most notably Vogue, where he was a frequent contributor. By beautifully capturing some of the foremost names in film, music, fashion, and letters, Robinson made a name for himself as one of New York City’s preeminent photographers of the era. After a period of personal crisis, Robinson decided to put up his camera, move back to the South, and recreate himself as a master in the medium of stained glass at Dan Oppenheimer’s Rainbow Stained Glass Studio.
Despite his success as a photographer, Jack Robinson made a point of never referring to his past life in New York and even his closest friends were ignorant to his former endeavors. When Jack died in 1997, he left Dan Oppenheimer as the sole beneficiary of his will. Upon inspecting Robinson’s apartment, Oppenheimer discovered a treasure trove of personal effects, including his large collection of photographs. Today, Dan Oppenheimer oversees the Jack Robinson Gallery of Photography at 400 South Front Street, making it possible for all of us to continue savoring Robinson’s extraordinary work.