Picture the Blues

Picture the Blues

Picture this: performance and backstage photographs of B. B. King, Bukka White, Eddie “Son” House, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Buddy Guy,Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins, Arthur Crudup, Junior Wells, J.B. Hutto, and practically every other master of the Blues, taken from the 60s to the Millennium. 

The photographer: music authority Dick Waterman. See the photos yourself in the exhibit Between Midnight and Day at the new Govinda Gallery at National Harbor (189 Waterfront St. National Harbor, MD).

Journalist Dick Waterman began producing Boston concerts by Blues greats in 1963, represented many of these artists in later years, and helped families administer the estates of those who passed on. He took photographs during those four decades of amazing musical performances. These powerful images reflect his personal relationship with the the artists, and the commitment of the musicians and the photographer to Blues music.

Mr. Waterman was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000.  A collection of his photographs was published as the 2004 book Between Midnight and Day: The Last Unpublished Blues Archive  (preface by Bonnie Rait; introduction by Peter Guralnick).

Many of Dick Waterman’s images have remained unseen for 30 years or more, like the lost, breeze-borne tunes of undiscovered bluesmen. Now they share the fate of the blues veterans they depict: resonant again after decades in the dark. –David Friend, Vanity Fair

Gallery hours:Tuesday-Sunday 12-7PM.
The exhibit continues through July 31st.
Contact: Govinda at popart@govindagallery.com or 202-333-1180 

Hat tip: Cathy Ponton King, a great vocalist and guitarist. Don’t take my word for it: listen to this. Cathy appears free at National Harbor this Friday (June 11th), from 7 to 9p.m.

Image by Mike Licht. download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

5 Responses to “Picture the Blues”

  1. IRENE KERTCHAVAL Says:

    THANKS FOR INCLUDING MY DAD BUKKA WHITE IN THE DICK WATERMAN ARTICLE.THIS HELPS IN KEEPING MY DADS NAME OUT THERE.

    KIND REGARDS

  2. IRENE KERTCHAVAL Says:

    PICTURE THE BLUES ALSO INCLUDE MY DAD BUKKA WHITE.I APPRECIATE ALL NEWS ON MY DAD.

    KIND REGARDS,

    IRENE KERTCHAVAL

  3. Mike Licht Says:

    Irene:

    My distinct pleasure. Dick Waterman took some stunning photos of your father.

    Anyone who likes the Blues should know the music of Booker T. Washington “Bukka” White.

  4. IRENE KERTCHAVAL Says:

    I is very important to keep to keep my dad music alive for the ages.

    I want to shop screen writers in an effort to bring my dad to the big screen.

    I currently own a Bukka White catalogue which features thirteen of his songs.

    I do not know this industry it is always trial and error.

    Iwould love if Robert Plant would own up to having used my dad material and compensate me.

    kind regards,Irene Kertchaval

  5. IRENE KERTCHAVAL Says:

    thank you for your kind comment.it is important to keep his music alive through the ages.

    my dad bukka white story is an amazing one.—Irene Kertchaval

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