In the early 1950s, Alan Lomax began to keep photographic journals of his field trips. Beginning with a few rolls taken in England and Scotland, he amassed many hundreds of photos on each of his subsequent major recording expeditions. Photography became for Lomax a serious vocation and the camera far more than an adjunct to the recording machine. He was fascinated with the landscape, architecture, and humanity of the places he visited, but his main intent was to document performers. His camera focused on singers, musicians, and dancers at peak moments of their performances, and while engaged in the activities their music accompanied. With a remarkable eye for character and composition, Lomax attempted to capture quintessential body attitudes, gestures, facial expressions, and social groupings, illuminating the stories told by his sound recordings. There are a total of about 5,000 photographs in these collections.

 

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