Studio Portrait Workshop in L.A. on December 13th

Portrait of Nora by Jim Newberry.

On Sunday, December 13th, I’ll be conducting a studio portrait photography workshop in downtown Los Angeles. Nora (pictured above) will be gracing us with her presence as a model (more Nora portraits here). RSVP here, and stay tuned here for other upcoming workshops (click “join us” to be updated when new workshops are scheduled).

Also, I’m available for one-to-one tutoring; more info, as well as free tutorials, at


Reader Photography Exhibition In Chicago

Chicago Reader cover, June 2015

I’m thrilled to be a part of a photo exhibition that opened last week at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago. The show is called Chicago Reader in Black & White, and features photographs shot on black & white film for the Reader, by 15 different photographers. I have five prints in the exhibit, including the one above, Greetings From Uptown (shown here on the cover of this week’s Reader), and the one below, Uptown Girl. The show is up through August 28th.

Uptown, Chicago street photo by Jim Newberry.

You can see a handful of Reader photographers waxing poetically about shooting for the Reader in this video, part of the exhibit.

Fire Leopard for New Belgium Brewing

Fire Leopard, Steiny, Ssssnake, Chachi, New Belgium Brewing

Fire Leopard

Last January I shot rooftop portraits of the flamboyant lounge duo Fire Leopard, with their friend Chachi (not) guesting on vocals. The photos have been used to promote their alliance with New Beligum Brewing’s Tour de Fat celebration.

For you lucky North Carolinian Durhamites, you can catch Fire Leopard at Motorco on April 30th, 2015, where they will be hosting a battle of the bands. And many more upcoming gigs listed here.


Jeff Parker, John Herndon, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Emmett Kelly

Jeff Parker, John Herndon, Emmet Kelly, and  Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. Photos by Jim Newberry.

If you you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you can catch these four exceedingly talented musicians performing live. Jeff Parker, John Herndon and Emmett Kelly are Angelenos who, like me,  used to live in Chicago. I’ve shot Parker and Herndon with the band Tortoise (they’re both members), as well as solo and with other bands they’ve played with. Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Parker, and Herndon have all been involved in the improv music scene I’ve been documenting over the last few years. And I photographed Emmett Kelly for “The Corner Man” album cover, from his band The Cairo Gang (the far left photo is Kelly from “The Corner Man” photo session, then left to right, Parker, Flaten, and Herndon, for my improv portrait series).

Jeff Parker plays this Friday at the Blue Whale, Saturday at Human Resources  (with Flaten), and Sunday at the Griffin, where if you’re lucky you can catch all four (Parker and Herndon will be playing, Kelly will be D.J’ing, and (according to Jeff) “maybe” Flaten.

Pussy Riot in Los Angeles!

Pussy Riot discussion in L.A. organized by The Voice Project. Photos by Jim Newberry.


Last night I was fortunate to watch (and photograph) a discussion with  Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alyokhina of Pussy Riot, on a panel with Wayne Kramer, Shepard FaireyAnne Litt, Pyotr Verzilov, Hunter Heaney, and Chris Holmes.


It was sad and infuriating to hear Nadya and Masha detail how Vladimir Putin and others have tried to silence them in many ways, including prison terms and physical attacks; but also incredibly inspiring to see how they have persevered, courageously standing up—risking their lives in fact—to stand up for human rights (their own rights and the rights of others).


Wayne Kramer had sobering as well as hopeful things to say about incarcerated Americans; his organization Jail Guitar Doors is involved with education and rehabilitation, including providing musical instruments to inmates.  


The event was organized by Hunter Heaney and Chris Holmes’ organization The Voice Project, which strives to effect social change through the power of music.

Silent photography auction/benefit this Thursday

Uptown, 1988. Photo by Jim Newberry.

This Thursday night Alibi gallery is hosting a fundraiser for Cornerstone Community Outreach (CCO) , featuring portraits of CCO residents shot by event organizer Michelle Britton, which will be available by silent auction, along with prints by photographers Sandro, Fred Burkhart, David Gremp, and myself. All proceeds go to CCO. You can see some of the work here.

The picture above will be available in the silent auction; I shot it in Uptown in 1988.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
6pm-9pm $10 cover
Alibi Gallery
1966 W Montrose
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 454-1512

New Moon on the Lagoon: slideshow

Last week the magicians at Opera-Matic created another enchanting spectacle, this time in beautiful Humboldt Park. From the horse’s mouth:

Join Opera-Matic and the community for an evening of musical migration as we celebrate Humboldt Park in spring, a place we all come to find our way. Humboldt Park’s namesake, Alexander Von Humboldt, was a naturalist, a geographer, and an explorer. This community spectacle uses the inspiration of Von Humboldt to present the natural areas of Humboldt Park’s lagoon and the theme of altered migration through creative geography and public participation.

Bring your friends, your family, and your flashlights for this special Humboldt Park lagoon twilight get-together. The paths around the Humboldt Park lagoon have been activated with unique beacons of lost light. Come whale watch a whale who can’t move from its spot, track a lost moon who can’t stay awake, and blink your own S.O.S. to a zeppelin pilot stranded without flight. The Lullaby Parade, guided by lull-a-bikes and a flashlight flag corps, tour the lagoon’s lost light spots, and find community in the process. Come be part of our joyful night time parade, powered by people and song.