Raymond Jacobs – Gaspé, 1954

Yves Gonthier - 10 years of creation in Percé

From October 17, 2019 until fall 2022

Admire a series of photographs presented for the first time in Canada. The 39 images by renowned photographer Raymond Jacobs have both great documentary value and unparalleled aesthetics. Through the eyes of this New Yorker, landscapes, portraits and scenes of life transport you to the heart of the peninsula in the past!

Photographic Reporter

Renowned for creating powerful images, Jacobs immortalizes both the hard work of Gaspesian families and the grandiose maritime landscapes. From L’Anse-à-Valleau to Percé, these larger than life characters literally come to life before your eyes. The photos are true historical chronicles from which emerge both a touching element and a great freedom.

Raymond Jacobs (1923-1993) is best known for his New York street scenes from the 1950s and 1960s and for his portraits of celebrities including Louis Armstrong, Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Salvador Dali, Earth Kitt, Robert F. Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr. and Billie Holiday. His photographs have been widely exhibited and are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Jacobs also had a successful career as a commercial photographer, creating advertising campaigns for IBM, Pan Am, Campbell and many others. His work has been published in numerous magazines including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Fortune. Finally, with his wife Eleanor, he popularized the Earth Shoes, a symbol of the 1970s counterculture.

For more information :

  • Visit the website dedicated to Raymond Jacobs
  • Download Raymond Jacobs’ biography
  • Download Eleanor Cohen Jacobs’ account of their trip to the Gaspé Peninsula

    The exhibition is produced by curators Vicky Boulay, Musée de la Gaspésie, and Jesse Blatt, The J. Blatt Agency, New York, in collaboration with the Raymond Jacobs Estate. The photographs presented are selenium gelatin silver prints, made from the original negatives, and printed by John Delaney, Delaney Fine B + W Prints Inc.