Jacob Blickenstaff has created many of the most powerful images of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings that exist. Working closely with Daptone Records since 2009, he’s had intimate access to Sharon’s life as an artist, covering key performances, recording sessions, back stage rituals, and life on the road.
Jacob's has shot work for 7 album covers on the Daptone label, including SJDK's Soul of a Woman, I Learned the Hard Way, It's a Holiday Soul Party, and the Miss Sharon Jones! soundtrack, as well as albums from Antibalas, Naomi Shelton, and The Como Mamas.
The New York Times: Lens Blog highlighted Jacob's work documenting the life of Sharon Jones in 2016.
These handmade prints are offered in a signed, numbered edition of only 20 each.
This Holiday Season, 20% of proceeds will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, which has YEAR END MATCHING until 12/31.
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Archival Pigment Print — 14 x 21 Image Size on 17 x 22 Exhibition Fiber Paper — Numbered Edition of 20 — Made and Signed by Photographer.
This image, made at the Beacon Theater in 2014, has become one of the most powerful and widely seen performance images of Sharon. It was taken at the time of her major comeback concert following a year of cancer treatment, as chronicled in Barbara Kopple's acclaimed documentary Miss Sharon Jones! Sharon leaves the stage before returning for the encore, elated and relieved after proving to herself and the audience that the deep power of her music was intact.
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Archival Pigment Print — 11.25 x 17 Image Size on 13 x 19 Exhibition Fiber Paper — Numbered Edition of 20 — Made and Signed by Photographer.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings played the legendary Apollo Theater for the first time with a two-night run in May 2010. This image, affectionately called 'The Whip', was shot on the second night and has been used many times by Daptone as an image that distills her energy on-stage to a simple and powerful gesture. This photograph was used in the deluxe packaging for I Learned the Hard Way and also served as the basis for the cover of Soul Time!
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Archival Pigment Print — 14 x 21 Image Size on 17 x 22 Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper — Numbered Edition of 20 — Made and Signed by Photographer.
Made in the summer of 2016 during the Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings tour with Daryl Hall & John Oates, this image exemplifies Sharon’s unyielding power, grace and determination. While I didn’t think it would be the case, it was the last time I photographed her performing. The ferocity of her expression–her face sweaty from the oppressive midwestern heat–stands in contrast to the effort she made to gather her strength through the pain and discomfort of her illness.