BEST OF JACKIE "O"
Photographs by Bert Morgan
From the Collection of Patrick Montgomery
Presented by East End Arts
June 15 – September 8, 2018
Hours: Available for viewing during theater hours
Reception: Friday, July 13, 2018, 6:00 - 7:30 PM
This free event is open to the public.
“In these touching images of small Jackie in jodhpurs, tweed jacket and little riding boots, or grinning next to her huge Great Dane, Bonnett, at a dog show, Bert Morgan captures the beauty, poise and determination that would later beguile the world.”
- Olivia Harrison
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Bert Morgan (1904-1986)
Bert Morgan was the dean of high society photographers, covering the “Social Set” from the 1930’s to the 1980’s, as they gathered in New York, Palm Beach, East Hampton, Southampton, Newport, Saratoga, and points in between. It was said that he agreed to never publish an unflattering photograph, which is why the rich and famous let him into their social functions, private clubs and homes.
Bert was born in Northern England, came to America at age seven and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He began his career delivering newspapers and by age fifteen was working as a salesman syndicating photographs for the Chicago Tribune and the New York Daily News. In 1930 he began taking his own photographs with a camera he bought for a quarter. For the next five decades he would chronicle high society and its luminaries, as well as becoming the official photographer of the New York Racing Association. His work was published regularly in The Social Spectator, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Town and Country and many newspapers.
Bert Morgan recognized that Jackie Bouvier was a star even at age five. Encouraged by Janet Lee Bouvier, Jackie’s socialite mother, Bert would seek out young Jackie when she participated in East End events - horse shows, dog shows and fashion benefits - and photographed her as she grew from a child to a young adult.
The Legacy of Morgan’s Photography
Bert Morgan left behind an extensive collection of over 500,000 negatives taken throughout is career by himself and his son, Richard Morgan. The collection was purchased from Morgan’s estate in 2009 by Shelter Island based film and photo archivist Patrick Montgomery. Working through Getty Images, Montgomery has made them available for use in magazines, books and films. He has also combed through the archive, identified images which would be better served in their home communities, and donated these negatives to local historical societies and museums, including the East Hampton Historical Society, Southampton Historical Museum, Tuxedo Park Historical Society, Newport Historical Society, New York Historical Society, Historical Society of Palm Beach, Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, Four Arts Society, History Miami, and others.
Exhibits at the Greenport Theater are a joint effort by East End Arts and the Greenport Theater to introduce exceptional artists and their work to the East End communities. Special thanks to Josh Sapan and the Greenport Theater for providing this exhibition space.
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