Summer Street Gallery - Jeff Thiebauth

Thursday October 5, 2017 - Tuesday November 28, 2017
Free to the public

As 20th century photography giant Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, the magic of an image is all about finding the "decisive moment". It's the fraction of a second when there is a window of opportunity to take the shot you're after. Click! And then the moment passes.

Hull photographer, Jeff Thiebauth, has captured many fleeting moments throughout his career, often directing his camera lens at the musicians onstage at the Boston Garden, Worcester Centrum, Great Woods and other regional performance venues. The majority of Thiebauth's images are crisp black and white photos taken between 1978 and 1991 while he was freelancing for the Boston Pheonix newspaper. The collection reveals the joy in blues guitarist Buddy Guy's face, the grit of Canadian rocker Neil Young, a prominent vein in the temple of Clash guitarist Joe Strummer, the expressive hands of the Prentenders' Chrissie Hynde, the focused intensity of jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the cheerful smile of country artist Emmylou Harris.

Thiebauth's first foray into photography began with an image he took of jazz drummer Billy Cobham in February 1978 at the Paradise in Boston. Then a senior at Boston University, Thiebauth fired off numerous frames. Those were the days before digital cameras, so Thiebauth wouldn't know for certain if he got the shot he wanted until the film was developed. Those agonizing moments in the darkroom would reveal either a hot or miss. Luckily, Thiebauth's shot was a home run and it sparked a lifelong passion for photography.

"Capturing the expression in his face was what got me hooked," days Thiebauth, who, at 60 years old continues to work as a commercial and editorial photographer. "You think you have a shot, but you can't confirm it until you get home and soup the film in the developer, fix it and wash it, and hold the negative up to the light," says Thiebauth. "You look at it with a magnifying glass and scrutinize it to see if it's the shot you think it is and if it's in focus. Once you determine that those things align, there's an adrenalin rush." - Courtesy of Richard Trust, South Shore Living Magazine, November 2016