Jack Spencer

Spencer

Somewhere along the back roads of small towns dotting the Louisiana and Mississippi landscape is Jack Spencer, a self-taught photographer, searching for beauty. Driving through forgotten towns, lush bayous, overgrown cotton fields and visiting weathered porches filled with the sound of authentic country blues, Spencer watches and listens, always looking for that one moment, interaction or ray of light that inspires him to take a picture. His photographs illuminate a singular mood, person or place, exposing us to the raw beauty etched into the faces and landscapes in the South, as he returns time and again to his subjects, peeling away layers, offering us a glimpse at another facet of their character.

From the moss hanging on Cypress trees in Tomotley, South Carolina, to the crumbling ruins of an old church, to an abandoned tire swing swaying in a humid breeze, Spencer's work emanates with the heat of a southern summer where everything grows like wildfire and the air feels like an extension of your skin.

These are but a few of Spencer's most notable images from Native Soil, his first monograph, which solidified his place as one of the most gifted photographers working today. Whether photographing people or the landscape, Spencer manages to draw us in, searching for stories in the silhouettes of children on a beach or the haunting eyes of an older man staring directly into the camera.

Spencer continues this intimate vision in Mexico, a landscape similar to the South, yet filled with a spirituality and religion all its own. It is here, among the ceremonies, festivals and sun drenched streets that Spencer has created his newest works, photographing everyday heroics prevalent in ordinary life. It is here that Spencer captured two Incas on stilts, silhouetted against a tumultuous sky; where he caught a woman dancing in the sunlight as her veil lifts into the moist air; where a dog wanders through the cobblestone streets searching for food.

Throughout his travels, Spencer looks for the unexpected, waiting patiently for images to emerge. In one image we see a woman walking along an endless road, her broken umbrella shielding her from the hot sun. In another we see three children with painted faces in traditional costume, prepared to take their place in the Day of the Dead festivities. In yet another we see a barren landscape, dark and foreboding, the remnants of a past storm scattered along the horizon.

Whether traveling the roads of Louisiana, Mississippi or Mexico, Jack Spencer is on an endless quest for beauty -- to capture small moments and freeze them for all to wander into. It is here, within his images, that we grasp his magic, as each image reveals its own meaning. Spencer is an artist whose vision is unquestionable, as is his commitment.

All images from This Land are available as 24 x 24" and 36 x 36" pigment prints with varnish made in editions of 20 with 1 AP and 10, respectively. Pieces range in price from $2200 to $9000, depending on size and availability.

All Mexico images are available as 20 x 24" pigment prints with varnish made in an edition of 40. Pieces range in price from $2200 to $3800, depending on where they are in the edition.

All Native Soil images are available as 20 x 24" pigment prints with varnish made in an edition of 50. Pieces range in price from $2800 to $6500, depending on where they are in the edition. Certain pieces are available larger. Please call for price quotes on specific images.

Some photographs may still be available as a gelatin silver print. Please contact the gallery.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

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14 Trees, Wounded Knee, SD, 2003
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Aldama, San Miguel de Allende, 2001
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An American House, Northern NE, 2003
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Anna with Pitcher, Nashville, TN, 2004
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Anna, Mexico, 2000
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Ballet Shoes, Nashville, TN, 2004
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Balloon Seller, Mineral De Pozos, Mexico, 2000
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Beach People no. 1, San Francisco, 2002
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Beach People no. 2, San Francisco, 2002
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Beach People no. 3, San Francisco, 2002
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Bicycles, Greenville, MS, 1998
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Boat and Fog, Michiacan, Mexico, 2000
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Boy with Ball, Como, MS, 1996
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Bridge Over Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge, LA, 1996
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Buffalo, Santa Fe, NM, 2004
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Buffalo, Tetons, 2007
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Chavo y Santos, San Miguel, 2001
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Cloud/Road, 2007
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Compostion at Josephine's, New Orleans, LA, 1998
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Cooter in the Corn with Horn, Coila, MS, 1996

sold out

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Cooter with Glass, MS, 1995
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Cumberland no. 11, Cumberland Island, 2007
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Cumberland no. 11, Cumberland Island, 2007
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Cypress, Dublin, MS, 2003
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Dark Horse, Wyoming, 2005
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Delta Umbrella, Mississippi Delta, 2004
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El Mezquit, Guana Junto, 2002
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Fachada, Pozos, 2000
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Glacier Road, 2003
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Gladys and Mother Behind Clothesline, NC, 1998
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Gussie's Magnolia, LaGrange, TN, 1997
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Hombre que Piensa, San Miguel, Mexico, 2004
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Hombre Sin Tiempo, San Miguel, Mexico, 2002
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Horses / Fog, Cumberland Island, 2007
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Horses no. 15, Badlands, SD, 2003
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Horses, Badlands, SD, 2003
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Iowa, 2007
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Iris and Horse Apples, 2006
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Iris in Forest, 2006
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Jesus, San Miguel de Allende, 2001
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Junebug with Tire, Como, MS, 1995
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Lago San Miguel, San Miguel, 2002
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M. L. and Mr. Henry's Buick, Batesville, MS, 1998
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Man with Fish, Como, MS, 1995

sold out

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Maria-De-La-Luz, San Miguel de Allende, 2001
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Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2000
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Mustang, Monument Valley, 2007
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Naomi, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2000
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Nebraska, 2007
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Niñas, Dia de las Muertes, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2000
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Orbs, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2000
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Parasol, San Miguel de Allende, 2001
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Passing Storm, SD, 2003
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Prairie House, 2002
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Razor Blade, Clarksdale, MS, 1998
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Refujio and Juanita, Santa Brigida, 2001
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Riders Across the Levee, 1998
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Road to Livingston, MT, 2005
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Rope Swing, Merit, MS, 1994
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Sandra with hat, San Miguel, Mexico, 2001
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Sandra, San Miguel de Allende, 2001
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Shanny with Holly Leaf, Nashville, TN, 2003
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Sheldon Church Ruins, SC, 1998
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Shiloh, TN, 2000
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Silo in Wheat Field, ND, 2003
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Snow Ponies, Mexico, 2006
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Sofia’s Shoes, San Miguel, Mexico, 2002
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Songs of Faith, Como, MS, 1995
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Sunday Dress, Moscow, TN, 1997
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Three Ballerinas, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2000
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Two Wild Horses, Cumberland Island, 2007
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West Texas Road, TX, 2004
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West Texas, Spring, TX, 2004
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White Horses, MS, 1997
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Woman with Broken Umbrella, Sieta Reales, 2000
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World Watcher, 2004
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Yazoo River At Dawn, Greenwood, MS, 2003
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Yellowstone River, 2005