Jacob Blickenstaff has created many of the most intimate and 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–not only key performances, but also recording sessions, back stage rituals, and life on the road. Jacob was commissioned to shoot album covers for I Learned the Hard Way and It’s a Holiday Soul Party (as well as Antibalas’ self-titled LP and Naomi Shelton’s Cold World). His work is also featured in the film in Miss Sharon Jones! and is the basis for the film's poster.
Recently, The New York Times: Lens Blog highlighted Jacob's work documenting the life of Sharon Jones.
These handmade prints are offered in a signed, numbered edition of only 20 each. Only limited quantities remain.
Prints from these editions are going to both the Blues Hall of Fame and The Augusta Museum of History and to date, we have raised over $3,000 for Lustgarten.
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.
14 of 20 sold - 6 REMAINING
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.
8 of 20 sold - 12 REMAINING
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.