May 19 – July 6 / RCC Gallery 2 & Foyer Gallery /
Beginning with a performance photograph of Lightnin’ Hopkins around 1970 in Chicago to the present day, James Fraher has pursued photographing blues musicians who play the music he loves. From Chicago to the Mississippi Delta, the Carolinas, to Kansas City and down to Houston, Texas it’s been so many years with the blues.
This exhibit of black and white photographs by James Fraher features a number of photos included in his book, The Blues is a Feeling, Voices and Visions of African- American Blues musicians, Face to Face Books, 1998 and from Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues, written by Roger Wood, University of Texas Press, 2003.
James Fraher’s photos have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Houston Press and in books and magazines including Living Blues, Blues Review, Guitar Player, Downbeat, Soul Bag, Texas Highways, Blues Guitar-The Men Who Made the Music, and The Journal of Texas Music History.
His photographs have appeared on album and CD covers including recordings by artists, Magic Slim, Big Daddy Kinsey, Sunnyland Slim, Little Milton, Otis “Big Smokey” Smothers, Willie Kent and the Gents, Jimmy Dawkins, Carl Weathersby, Sherman Robertson, Zora Young, David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Freddie Roulette.
A recipient of a “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” presented by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN, James Fraher’s photographs and posters are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, The Chicago Blues Archive at the Harold Washington Library Center and The University of Mississippi Blues Archive, Oxford, MS. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France. He is the co-producer of blues recordings by The Lost American Bluesmen and Johnnie Mae Dunson.
James Fraher holds a BA in photography-Columbia College, Chicago and an MA
in media communications-Governors State University, Illinois. He has been a photographer for over forty years and taught photography at university level for fifteen years. He is a principal of Bogfire a business specializing in graphic design and photography. Originally from the Chicago area, he now resides in County Sligo.