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Member Spotlight: Lou Jones

Join ASMP NY for “No Short Stories”

a conversation with photography legend Lou Jones.

Lou Jones, ASMP Member #1263, will present an overview of his eclectic 40+ year career from being a NASA rocket scientist, to his humble beginnings, to employing hundreds of people over the years. Jones has shot big production photography specializing in location travel all over the world. Jones has worked for Fortune 500 companies and small local businesses, institutions and foundations, while keeping his photography studio involved in documentary issues such as women’s rights, civil rights, pregnancy and war. Jones has survived and reinvented his studio throughout black & white darkrooms, technology changes, E6, Polaroid, the digital revolution, social media, video, crowdfunding, Covid-19, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lou will be in conversation with author, curator, photographer and ASMP’s archivist Grayson Dantzic. 


Lou Jones photo



Lou Jones, recognized by Nikon as a “Legend Behind the Lens” and honored by Lowepro as a “Champion” is a freelance photographer, who has maintained his photography studio in Boston for more than 40 years. Jones works primarily with advertising agencies and design studios for corporate clients including: Nike, Mobil, Fedex, Price Waterhouse, Aetna, KLM, Peugeot, MLB, AFL-CIO, WGBH. Jones has also worked for many publications such as : Time, Fortune, People, Newsweek, Paris Match, Lonely Planet and National Geographic. Jones has traveled to sixty foreign countries on assignment and covered thirteen Winter and Summer Olympic Games. Jones has served on the Board of Directors at ASMP National, Photographic Resource Center and the Griffin Museum of Photography. Jones taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Art Institute of Boston and is Co-Founder of the Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) at Boston University. Jones’ photography has been extensively exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute, DeCordova Museum, Gallery Kayafas, Cape Cod Museum of Art and is in the permanent collections of Harvard University, Boston Athenaeum, Wellesley College and the University of Texas. Lou Jones has photographed and written over a dozen books on photography including: Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row (Northeastern University Press, 1996), Travel and Photography: Off The Charts Focal (Focal Press/Elsevier, 2006) Speedlights and Speedlites: Creative Flash Photography (Focal Press/Elsevier, 2009), Saint Petersburg Russia (2010) and panAFRICAproject (2020) . Lou Jones is currently involved in many long term projects such as www.IronCladPhoto.com  and www.panAFRICAproject.org.


Grayson Dantzic photo

Grayson Dantzic on the steps of 65 South 6th St., Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn, 2016 [Photograph © Willie Chu]


GRAYSON DANTZIC is an author, archivist, curator, documentary videographer, musician and photographer. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Palmer School of Library & Information Science of Long Island University. He is the special projects archivist for the Warner Music Group Archives and the Paul Seligman Collection at the Metropolitan Opera Archives and has worked with many photographers and their collections. In 1999, he and his mother established the Jerry Dantzic Archives. He edited and wrote text for the books Jerry Dantzic’s New York : The Fifties in Focus (Edition Stemmle, 2002) and Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill (Thames & Hudson, 2017). He has curated many photographic exhibitions, and is co-founder and Executive Vice President of the American Photography Archives Group (APAG) since it began in 2000. Currently he is working with Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) on Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic, a 4 year traveling exhibition that he co-curated, based on the companion book of his father’s unseen Lady Day photographs from 1957 in Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill. Grayson has also been the archivist for the ASMP Archives since March 2018 brought in specifically by former ASMP President Thomas Kennedy and ASMP General Counsel, Thomas Maddrey. Grayson’s late father, Jerry Dantzic was ASMP member #606, joining in 1956, just after Henri Cartier-Bresson who was ASMP member #605.

WHEN: July 28, 2021

TIME: 7PM to 8PM


Lou Jones will give an overview presentation of his photography career for the first hour, and then will be in conversation with Grayson Dantzic. Jones encourages Q&A both during and after his talk.


The video replay will only be available to ASMP members.



July 28
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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