Women of the blues:
A Coast-to-Coast Collection
Lynn Orman Weiss
“I love photographing and collecting pictures of Blues women, recording their emotions, their beauty, and their visceral expressions exuding from their souls... When we get together at an awards show or festivals it is a great sisterhood. It is my vision that this exhibit captures the heart of the observer and gives them reason to find out more about these extraordinary performers.”
Is curated by Lynn Orman Weiss, a photographer, broadcast journalist and founder of the Women of the Blues Foundation, is a tribute to the Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor (September 28, 1928 – June 3, 2009). The show features over 80 photographs of ‘Blues Women’ of all ages and ethnic backgrounds who represent Blues styles ranging from Southern Soul Blues to Chicago Blues and Rock Blues. This traveling exhibition was created to honor these soulful singers of truth who embody the essence of the blues, the photographers who photograph them, and to perpetuate Blues culture for future generations of artists, fans and historians.
The collection features 60 photographs of ‘Women of the Blues’ of all ages and ethnic backgrounds representing all styles from southern soul blues to Chicago blues & rock blues. Sixteen photographers from around the world share their very passionate and powerful images of these extraordinary women, photographed from the stage at the Chicago Blues Festival to the Maui Sugar Mill in Los Angeles, from the Blues Cruise on the Caribbean to festivals on the East Coast. The images include artists such as, Mavis Staples and Susan Tedeschi (Grammy winning rock blues icon) to Chicago’s Southern soul blues diva, Nellie ‘Tiger’ Travis, the newly crowned Queen of the Blues, Shemekia Copeland, and many more. This exhibit is dedicated, in tribute, to Koko Taylor’s foundation, Sisters of Royalty.