Jay, a commercial/documentary photographer, is currently working with Geralene Valentine on a documentary style, cultural heritage project in Bridgeport, CT . . . the current work evolved from earlier personal photo projects.
"The Bridgeport Portrait Project" introduces you to the PEOPLE who make the City of Bridgeport much more than just a PLACE. The project helps give a contemporary definition to the rich, culturally diverse community that Bridgeport has always been.
Here is a recent "conversation" with Ann Nyberg on Channel 8 News . . . http://networkconnecticut.com/2019/07/capturing-the-city-of-bridgeport-one-portrait-at-a-time/
In 2017, Jay & Geralene published ”Poli's Palace & Majestic Theatre Memories Project”. The book brings to life the two magnificent dormant theatres that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The book describes the architecture and social history of the two theatres. And people share their memories of times spent at the Palace and Majestic Theatres on Bridgeport's Main Street.
Jay has taught photography at a local university and has given private seminars to both professional photographers and photo enthusiasts. He and Geralene have led “kids with cameras” walking tours in downtown Bridgeport. Jay and Geralene also give presentations about their personal projects at historical societies, libraries, and senior centers.
Some personal cultural photo projects:
- The Bridgeport Portrait Project – An ongoing photo/audio/video project
- Poli’s Palace & Majestic Theatres Memories Project – A photo/history project where people share their memories of times spent at the theatres. A book based on the project was published in 2017.
- Main Street, Bridgeport, CT – Portraits of people with different occupations
- Merton House of Hospitality – Portraits at a local “soup kitchen”
- Connecticut KKK . . . 1980s