Jim Cummins Exhibition Hits Soho

When you’ve got a retrospective that that spans three decades and includes work for some of the biggest names in the music industry, there is reason for an exhibition to be held in your name. That name, is Jim Cummins.

The American photojournalist is the man who curated pop culture with his defining images of music legends both on stage and in the studio. Most of these images became album artwork – around 900 of them to put it into perspective.

Cummins’ entry into the industry started in the offices of Newsweek Magazine in 1965. For five years, he worked for the corporation whilst simultaneously building his network and freelance career. It was during this time that he was able to fortify relationships with, and deliver incredible imagery to iconic record labels such as Atlantic Records, Columbia Records, Capitol Records, Mercury Records ,Savoy Records, Springboard Records and London Records.

Time after time, Cummins’ work spoke volumes in a single shot.

The man behind the lens captured icons like Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, The Velvet Underground, Tom Jones and Led Zeppelin.

Although the music scene is where Cummins became most notorious, he also contributed to a handful of credible groups and publications as a staff photographer – The NBA, Black Enterprise Magazine, Newsday and The New York Times.

Undeniably a man of many talents,  Cummins continues to be a pioneer in his field, working on his own craft and helping others with theirs by teaching college photography students. His ability to visually articulate the talent and passion of his subjects, his flair for style and exceptional compositional sense made him a household name in the industry and an idol to aspiring photojournalists across the world.

The Jim Cummins Exhibition will launch this Friday, February 12th and run through until Sunday, March 6th at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in Soho.

Morrison Hotel Galley | 116 Prince Street, New York NY 10012. (212) 941 8770

Photo Credit – ©Jim Cummins/courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery