Past Shows > George Mitchell "TRuE bLUES," April 1–3O, 2O11
George Mitchell, probably the world’s most noteworthy blues field researcher, and the author/photographer of seven critically-acclaimed books of documentary photographs, will have his first gallery showing of his now-historical photographs of blues musicians at In One Instant Gallery of Photography during the month of April.
Recordings of the musicians in the photographs, made by Mitchell, will be playing at the opening reception during Art Walk on April 1st from 6 to 10 PM.
Mitchell is also one of the longest-time professional players of the oil-can bass, having learned in 1963 how to make and play one from a master of the instrument — Will Shade, head of the legendary Memphis Jug Band. He will be performing during Music Walk on April 16th.
“I have been making professional photographs since 1967, when the University of Minnesota School of Journalism lent me a camera, and my wife and I went to Mississippi for the summer to record, photograph, and interview traditional blues musicians — recording bluesmen an activity I had been involved in already for six years at the time. (Used a Kodak Instamatic during that period.) This trip resulted in my first book, BLOW MY BLUES AWAY. For several years in the late 1960's, I was a reporter and photographer in Columbus, Georgia. During that time, I produced my second book I’M SOMEBODY IMPORTANT. I then decided to become a photography teacher, and taught photography on the high school level for a total of 25 years. I also authored five more books of photographs and interviews. And, too, for a number of years, worked as a folklorist recording old-time musicians — and producing concerts and festivals where they performed. I recently retired as the photography teacher at Paideia School in Atlanta, and continue to photograph for exhibition and publication. And I am a professional oil-can bass player; I learned from the master, Will Shade, head of the Memphis Jug Band, and try to carry on his tradition.”