Exhibited Works

Peters Projects of Santa Fe is proud to announce Music Speak, an exhibition of works of jazz musicians by the internationally acclaimed photographer William Coupon, opening Friday, December 14, 5-7pm.

Coupon’s career began in the late 1970s photographing portraits of New York’s youth culture by documenting the New Wave/Punk scene in lower Manhattan. Commercial work soon followed for a variety of American and International magazines, record companies and advertising agencies. Coupon continued to photograph portraits of various sub-cultures and indigenous peoples from the 1980s to the present in his series Social Studies.  In 1992 Coupon was invited to photograph the world’s tribal leaders during the Earth Summit in May 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in 1994 Coupon was asked by the United Nations and the United States Congress to exhibit this work in the United States Senate Rotunda as part of the UN’s Year of Indigenous People.

The exhibition at Peters Projects titled Music Speak is a collection of portraits of legendary American musicians that have shaped “America’s Classical Music.” Originating in the African-American communities of New Orleans in the late 19th and 20th centuries Jazz developed through its roots in blues and ragtime.

Coupon’s portraits of these American musical greats, Miles Davis, Hal Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Isaac Hayes, Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Marsalis and others not only give a clear and present visual of its subject but also captures that special moment between model and photographer. From their eyes to his, the exhibition brings the viewer to see, listen and remember how each musician brought his or her own language to the listener.

The exhibition coincides with the release of Coupon’s new book William Coupon: Portraits, released this year by Damiani Editore.

For more information contact Mark Del Vecchio, Director, 505-954-5748, or mark@petersprojects.com