Jesse Diamond: White Noise
Jesse Diamond: White Noise, the photographer's second book, is drawn from two series, “White Noise” and “After Hours.” His spare, black and white photographs evoke both calm and alienation.
The book's title speaks to many frequencies of equal intensities; the author is also sensitive to the phrase's colloquial association with drowning out the fragmentation and cultural distance permeating the United States today. Many forms of art, including music and photography, offer a platform for commonality; Ralph Gibson's succinct introduction places these two related art forms in context in Diamond's work.
Through the high-key light permeating much of his way of seeing, complemented in the extreme by his attention to gestures in the shadows of the night, Diamond fosters a brief connection between the world, himself, and the viewer through each carefully composed frame.
Diamond's next exhibition, "After Hours," opens at Leica Gallery Los Angeles in September 2019.
Jesse Diamond (b. 1970, Los Angeles; resides in Los Angeles), discovered his photographic voice after picking up a second-hand SLR in Nairobi in 1997; he has been seeing the world through a viewfinder ever since. He began his career doing editorial work for Sony Records, and was also commissioned to photograph as part of the "Day In The Life" book series (Harper Collins, 2003). His first book, Drum Circle, was published as a One-Picture Book (Nazraeli Press, 2007).
A primarily self-taught photographer, Diamond pursued music at CalArts, and has studied with significant photographers including Greg Gorman, Ralph Gibson, and Sam Abell. He is the co-founder of Eyeist.com, an innovative online platform for portfolio reviews.
Diamond has been recognized through the International Photography Awards, Fotofusion, and Prix de la Photographie (Px3). He has had five solo exhibitions of his work, including through Farmani Gallery and Leica Gallery in Los Angeles, and at the Leica headquarters in Wetzlar, Germany.
Ralph Gibson (b. 1939, Los Angeles; resides in New York) studied photography while serving in the US Navy, and furthered his knowledge at the San Francisco Art Institute, which founded the first art photography program in the United States.
He went on to assist Dorothea Lange and Robert Frank, and has become a mentor himself to countless others through his photographs, workshops, and publishing. Gibson has received national and international recognition for his cultural contributions—in addition to his own photographs, he has published significant books including by Mary Ellen Mark, Larry Clark, and Duane Michals, to name just a few—through Lustrum Press, which he founded in 1969. He is the recipient of multiple NEA fellowships, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Leica Medal of Excellence, and in 2018 he was decorated Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, bestowed by the French government.