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Press Release Date: 21-01-2016
Joe Alper & Bowie by Hanekroot
Exhibitions / 
15 January
27 March


Two exhibitions of music photography at the Noorderlicht Photogallery

The American music photographer Joe Alper portrayed in the eventful times of the Civil Rights Movement many jazz and folk celebrities, including a young Bob Dylan. Dutch music photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot shows a selection of photos that he made of David Bowie in the 1970s.

Joe Alper - Folk and Jazz during the Civil Rights Movement

In the 1950s and '60s the United States was gripped by the Civil Rights Movement: a campaign by black Americans and their white supporters to achieve the same rights as whites. A part of this movement had close connections with the contemporary music scene, and particularly jazz and folk music had many musicians who employed their talents for its goals.

The American music photographer Joe Alper (1925 - 1968) himself became a part of the Freedom Movement in this way. Through his friendships with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and the vocalists in The Freedom Singers, he was able to document important events in this period. Alper himself was no activist, but first and foremost a music lover. He did not go out looking for a story, but was himself a part of the society in which he photographed. His work served the social aspirations of the musicians whom he recorded, but he did so as a somewhat detached observer.

This exhibition – a small selection from the nearly 40,000 available images – presents an overview of the work of Joe Alper: portraits, shots at concerts, and images of artists in the studio or in the wings, including a young Bob Dylan.

Bowie by Hanekroot

Gijsbert Hanekroot (b. 1945) began to work as a pop photographer in the late 1960s. From 1970 to 1975 he was court photographer for the Dutch leading music magazine Oor; his assistant Anton Corbijn would follow him in that role. Noorderlicht Fotogalerie shows a selection of photos that he made of David Bowie in the 1970s.

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