Frank Jackson was born in 1956 in Jacksonville, Florida. The city got its name from the unusually high number of Jacksons living in the area. Complicating matters was the fact that his father had intended to name him Jack, Junior. Had this happened, Mr. Jackson would have been Jack's son Jack Jackson, Jr. from Jacksonville . His mother, however, saw little point in naming him Jack, Junior, since his father's name is Frank. During the confusion , Mr. Jackson left for Northern California, settling in the vicinity of Sacramento. He eventually developed an interest in photography after discovering that no matter how skilled he became at drawing, art supplies looked less attractive hanging from his neck than a camera. Mr. Jackson's interest and appetites are diverse. He enjoys fresh air, strawberry milkshakes, and black and white film, though he admits the combination often gives him gas. I prefer shooting in black and white, says Jackson, because it forces the viewer to look at the essence of an image... its form, tone , light , and shadow... instead of being distracted by the decorative effects of color. And also black and white film costs less. As a final note, Mr. Jackson is self trained, leaving others blameless for his level of accomplishment. - Gordon Lewis, 1998
Essentially self-taught, Steve Immel has been taking photographs for forty years. As a student of the mid-century masters there are important influences in his work. Among them are Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Margaret Bourke-White and Wynn Bullock. In the late 1960s he became a member of Friends of Photography and an exponent of Group f.64 that prized clarity, depth of field and wide tonal range.
Immel views each exposure as a discrete design project where the primary objective is an elegant composition. He composes his images in the viewfinder and prints full frame. While his subject matter is eclectic there is stylistic cohesion that stems from his point of view and unwavering eye. The play of light and shadow is reflected throughout his body of work. Textures and patterns are also important themes.
His work has become more abstract since 2002. This is especially true with his Sketches of Winter series. Inspired by an early December scene where a patch of weeds pierced the fresh snow like Japanese brush strokes he began looking for other spare compositions where the negative space focuses attention on splashes and lines of black. These images are graphic interpretations of worldly objects caught in a frozen, high contrast tableau.