Posted on September 25, 2012 by Isabella Cecconi
Should Jeffrey Henson Scales be introduced? Oh well, just few hints might give you an idea of who he is. First thing he was born in San Francisco in 1954. At age eleven, he was given by his father the first Leica 35mm camera. At age thirteen, he began making photographs of the Oakland Black Panthers appearing regularly on The Black Panther Paper. At age fourteen his work was published in a national news publication: Time magazine. He later became a successful editorial photographer, a music lover, a record cover maker, film posters, and publicity campaigns. In 1979, he was photo editor of The LA Weekly newspaper. In all, Scales has spent more than forty years as a documentary photographer of the African American community and his body of work has been exhibited at museums throughout the US and Europe. His images have traveled the whole world becoming recognizable black and white icons. He has appeared in numerous photo mags, books and has been featured in permanent collections of museums, such as MOMA, The George Eastman House, The Baltimore Museum of Art and The City Museum of New York. His photography is so striking that all you can do is love him at first sight and getting to know his eye. Nowadays, Scales and his wife own the Harlem-based photo archive, and the multimedia company, The Henson Scales Productions. Dive into a sea of cement, where the past gets in vogue and le freak gets sooo chic!