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Alec Jacobson

Photographer, Writer
    
A Musical Offing for Early Music Vancouver
Location: Vancouver
Nationality: American
Biography: Alec Jacobson is a photographer and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, who likes to dive deep into slow-moving stories.  Drawing on his studies in Anthropology, French and Arabic at Amherst College, he prefers to be the only... read on
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A Musical Offing for Early Music Vancouver
Credits: alec jacobson
Date of Work: 04/15/20 - 05/11/20
Updated: 05/22/20
Location: Vancouver, BC
When Vancouver started to shut down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I watched a lot of work on my calendar evaporate.  I started calling other creatives in town to get sense of how they were being impacted.  When Matt White at Early Music Vancouver picked up, he talked about how they had to cancel their 50th anniversary season but that they might also have the chance to commission some new work to support freelance musicians in the Early Music family.  From that conversation, a project evolved to make portraits of musicians in social isolation and offer them up along with new recordings of music and written reflections by each musician. I’m so excited to see these start to come out and so grateful to Early Music for taking on this project that has supported and inspired me and many others in these wild times.

I followed Gabriel Galimberti's lead, sterilizing lights and instructing subjects on how to place them in their homes to keep everyone at a safe distance.

After I made a portrait of each musician, they recorded themselves playing and then sent in a reflection, and all three pieces were then tied together,

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Waiting for the Tsunami: COVID-19 in Vancouver

By Alec Jacobson / Vancouver — The uncanniness of spring weather and the growing flood of COVID-19 in Vancouver, BC.
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The End of Frenzy: Overfishing in Lake Victoria

By Alec Jacobson / Kasensero, Uganda — This project is funded by two grants from the National Geographic Society.  Update coming soon!  ..
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Peleadores: Fighting for Redemption at Mexico's Boxing Mecca

By Alec Jacobson / Mexico City — Romanza Gym is a boxing Mecca in Mexico City where Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho”..
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Farm to Foodbank for Colorado State University

By Alec Jacobson / grand junction — At the Colorado State University Extension research farm in Orchard Mesa, Colorado, the crops used to go..
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Culture Saves Lives: Behind the Scenes of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

By Alec Jacobson / Vancouver — Joleen Mitton grew up in Vancouver's Downtown East Side, surrounded by poverty, addiction and other..
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Ranchlands

By Alec Jacobson / Colorado — Duke Phillips III and his family are on a mission to preserve their ranching heritage and conserve western..
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The Mountains Are Melting

By Alec Jacobson / Kilembe, Uganda — “It used to be cold and it rained a little every day and the mosquitos could not sustain,”..
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Global Health

By Alec Jacobson — In 2012 and 2013, I produced a series of books for Danbury Hospital to document the places where they hoped..
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National Geographic: Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake

By Alec Jacobson / Kasensero, Uganda — Lake Victoria supports hundreds of thousands of people, but overuse caused fish populations to collapse...
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I Gathered With The Rainbows And They Gave Me Pancakes

By Alec Jacobson / Norwood, Colorado — If you want to be precise, the kitchen at the Rainbow Gathering was actually serving “shanty..
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Acorn to Cask for The Macallan

By Alec Jacobson / Jerez, Spain — I toured cask makers and sherry bodegas in Jerez, Spain, and The Macallan's home in Craigellachie,..
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National Geographic Travler: Peruvian Palate

By Alec Jacobson / Cusco, Peru — Written and shot for National Geographic Traveler Magazine April/May 2019 With support from the National..
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Chasing Spirits in Old Mexico

By Alec Jacobson / Oaxaca — Published with National Geographic, Roads & Kingdoms, Explore Parts Unknown, Slate. “They say that..
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Playboy Magazine: In The Shadow of The Mountain

By Alec Jacobson / Telluride, CO — Though mountain resort towns, like Telluride where I live, are the spectacularly beautiful sites of..
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