Connection to the Past
Hodges Gallery, February 6 - May 14, 2016
AE Jenkins: Connection to the Past will be the juxtaposition of 20 modern portraits of African Americans of the Albany area from local photographer; Adrian Jenkins Jr.
Jenkins has been a photographer in Albany for decades first through Cochran Studios and then AE Jenkins Photography. His pieces will serve as a reference point to see how things have changed in comparison to Robert’s photos in regards to family dynamics and fashion.
Jenkins is a native of Albany and was born June 26,1959.
He started photographing for his mother’s school newspaper and as his interest grew his father purchased him his own camera.
As Jenkins grew up he continued photography throughout high school and college, working with the schools capturing on campus candid images to he used in school annuals.
In the afternoons after school and summer breaks, Albany photographer, Ben F. Cochran of Cochran Studios, would allow Jenkins to shadow him and assist in dark room developing, photography business, customer service, portrait sessions and location jobs. Desiring more technical skills and education on his new hobby, he transferred from Albany State College in 1980 and matriculated at Georgia Southwestern in Americus and Art Institute of Atlanta
After Cochran became ill, Jenkins returned to Albany and employed full time to fulfill the needs of Cochran Studios as studio photographer. In 1982, Cochran pleased with Jenkins’ work, sold Cochran Studios and all of his Albany Civil Rights Movement images to his former intern turned successor, AE Jenkins, Jr. and that is where Jenkins has been ever since.