Jasper, Texas: The Community Photographs of Alonzo Jordan
By Alonzo Jordan
Alonzo Jordan worked for 40 years as a photographer in Jasper, Texas, a small town that was little known until the brutal murder there of James Byrd, a 49-year-old African American, by three white males on June 7, 1998. Though Jordan died in 1984, his photographs offer new insight into the social and cultural milieu in which Byrd grew up and spent his entire life, but perhaps, more enduringly, illuminate the intrinsic power of the image to shape perception. Jordan's photographs are windows into an unseen world.
"Jasper, Texas" accompanies an exhibition at the International Center of Photography currently on view. Click here to preview the exhibition.