Photographer Jesse Alexander captured images of Bobby Kennedy on the campaign trail in San Francisco and the Central Valley in California a short time before Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles. Alexander’s show RFK: California 1968 opens Saturday, Aug. 19, at Patricia Clarke Studio, 410 Palm Ave., with a reception from 3 to 6 p.m. In light of the current political climate, the artist decided it was time to share these historic, never-before-seen images.
Exposed to powerful images in news magazines as a teenager during World War II, Alexander said he “absorbed the photography of such masters as W. Eugene Smith, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Edward Steichen, among many others.” He added, “The style of the photojournalist is where I find myself today.”
Alexander has authored numerous books, and his work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and as part of an exhibition of sports photography at the 1996 Summer Olympics. A retrospective exhibition, including more than 70 images, traveled the world in 1998, sponsored by Chrysler Corporation. Fifty percent of all sale proceeds from his upcoming show will benefit the FUND for Santa Barbara. Patricia Clarke will also offer a selection from her Hold Hope: Obama in Santa Barbara series for viewing and for sale. Additionally, Alexander and Clarke will present an artist talk on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 5 p.m.
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