Legendary music photographer Jay Blakesberg’s first solo museum retrospective is on display at the Morris Museum, New Jersey’s only Smithsonian affiliate, from October 14th, 2022 to February 5th, 2023. Jay took his first photographs with his father’s Pentax camera 25 miles away in Clark, N.J., where he discovered what became his life’s passion.

At 16, his first photograph was published, and at 17 he got paid for the first time, by the Aquarian Weekly, for two images from a Grateful Dead concert. Forty five years later, Jay is as much a visual anthropologist as a photographer, with images spanning everything from the hippie counterculture in San Francisco in the

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