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Gaspésie 2020 : Raymond Jacobs


This exhibit is made up of photographs being presented as an exclusive at Musée de la Gaspésie and for the very first time in Canada. The 39 pictures by the celebrated photographer Raymond Jacobs possess both great documentary value and an unparalleled photographic aesthetic. Through the eye of this New Yorker, landscapes, portraits, and scenes of life take us to the heart of the Gaspé in an earlier time.

Renowned for creating powerful images, Jacobs immortalizes both the hard work of Gaspé families and the area’s grandiose maritime landscape. Indeed, these photos are true historical chronicles, a striking reminder of what life was like for most Gaspesians of yesteryear, and depict both a touching element and a great freedom. From L’Anse-à-Valleau to Percé, the larger-than-life characters seemingly come alive before your eyes.

Raymond Jacobs (1923-1993) is most well known for his 1950s and 1960s reportage photographs of New York City street scenes and for his portraits of notable subjects including Louis Armstrong, Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Salvador Dali, Eartha Kitt, Robert F. Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr., and Billie Holiday. Mr. Jacobs’ photographs have been exhibited extensively and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. Jacobs also had a successful career as a commercial photographer, creating advertising campaigns for IBM, Pan Am, Campbell’s Soup and many others. His work has been published in numerous magazines including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Fortune. With his wife, Eleanor, Jacobs also popularized Earth Shoes, a counter-culture symbol of the 1970s.


Raymond Jacobs in Gaspé


Raymond Jacobs – Gaspésie, 1954

Musée de la Gaspésie | 80 Boulevard de Gaspé | Gaspé

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Exhibition curated and produced by Vicky Boulay, Musée de la Gaspésie, and Jesse Blatt, The J. Blatt Agency, New York, in collaboration with The Estate of Raymond Jacobs.


*-Also, the 39 photographs in the exhibition are all available for sale from limited editions of 12 gelatin silver prints (printed in New York by John Delaney from the original 35mm negatives):

-16×20” Selenium toned Gelatin Silver prints, produced from the original negative

-Limited edition of twelve (12)

-Signed by the executor of the estate, titled, dated and numbered in pencil with photographer’s copyright stamp in archival ink on the print verso

-Retail price: $3800 USD




Raymond Jacobs, New York, USA |

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