exhibition \\ Photography

The Yachting Photography of Willard B. Jackson

On view May 20, 2006 to May 20, 2007

In a scene repeated thousands of times during the heyday of American yachting, photographer Willard Bramwell Jackson (1871-1940) could often be found motoring his sleek white powerboat, Alison, rapidly around a sailboat in the waters off Marblehead, Massachusetts. In his work, Jackson captured the many dimensions of yachting with meticulous artistry from graceful boat designs to a sporting life of outdoor exhilaration, to the intimate affinity sailors share with their vessels at sea. The Peabody Essex Museum featured over 50 works from the museum's major collection of vintage photographs in the exhibition The Yachting Photography of Willard B. Jackson. Most of the photographs in the exhibition, some measuring 25 by 30 inches, were created from large-format glass-plate negatives, resulting in images of exceptional detail and richness.