Sylvie and Denise, 2001
13 1/8 x 15 3/8 inches
These portraits are created for clients who want to participate in
the process of finding pictorial expression for an aspect of their
lives - an experience, a relationship, a transition. The process begins
with an interactive exchange to generate the kernel of an image, often
using a vehicle such as a poem or drawing, a gesture or phrase. Guided
by this beginning, I photograph the clients and gather other pictorial
elements, bringing them together in the digital realm, and weaving the
strands into an image. To refine the sense of the idea, I present the
picture in progress to the client for feedback. Finally, the image
crystallizes into a visual constellation holding and reflecting the
experience and contribution of the client, transformed by my
sensibilities as an artist.
It was a profoundly moving and satisfying experience, as well
as challenging. The visual impact of multiple images goes past the
conscious in a way that is both mythic and truly personal . . . a very
tangible marker of resolution.
Profile of Alex Jamison
After earning a degree in Physics from Cornell University, and wanting greater aesthetic engagement with my work, I began a journey from the world of science to the world of art. My path crossed that of Frederick Sommer, a master of photographic art, with whom I served for five years as an apprentice in Arizona, getting a photographic education and an introduction to the universe of art and design.
My photographic specialties are architecture, art, and portraiture. This site features architectural work, but I have photographed paintings, graphics, and sculpture for many museums, collectors, and artists in the Washington, DC, area, and contributed to Washington Sculpture by James M. Goode.
A master printer, I have made silver-gelatin and ink jet prints for special exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American History.
I have taught photography at GMU and at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. My work has been exhibited in Washington at The Tartt Gallery and David Adamson Gallery, in New York at Pace MacGill, and in Mexico at the Centro Cultural La Tallera de David Alfaro Siqueiros in Cuernavaca.
My wife and I live in Bethesda, MD, with our dear cat.