Museum to open exclusive exhibit featuring renowned photographer Jonathan Becker

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October 28, 2020
Huntsville, Ala. - The Huntsville Museum of Art will present a stunning exhibition featuring photographs by the American photographer Jonathan Becker. Jonathan Becker: Social Work – Four Decades of Movers, Shakers & Thinkers will be open to the public beginning on Oct. 30, 2020, and remain on display through Jan. 24, 2021.

The exclusive exhibition features 45 images of artists, authors, fashion designers, socialites, Hollywood celebrities, and more taken by Becker between 1976 and 2015.

“Jonathan Becker has chronicled the social, political, and artistic lives of the world for over 40 years,” said Huntsville Museum of Art Executive Director Christopher Madkour. “His acclaimed career has garnered him a rare place in the pantheon of master photographers. His composition in the photo of the late PBS NewsHour co-anchor, Gwen Ifill, is nothing short of brilliant – masterful at the least. I am delighted he accepted my invitation to be part of our diverse exhibition season.”

Becker began contributing to Vanity Fair magazine on the heels of an especially successful solo exhibition in Chelsea in 1981. His portraits featured largely in the pages of the prototype for the magazine’s relaunch in 1983. Becker’s specialty in portraits, photographed by and large on location, soon became a Vanity Fair staple.

Assignments for the magazine have dispatched Becker far and wide – from the Amazonian jungle, for first-encounter photographs of members of the Yanomami tribe, to Buckingham Palace, for the first photographs showing the Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker Bowles together. Becker’s association with Vanity Fair continues to this day. Becker has also contributed portraits and reportage to Town & Country, The New Yorker, Vogue, W, The Paris Review, and many other publications. Becker’s prints reside in private and public collections around the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York.

Access to Jonathan Becker: Social Work – Four Decades of Movers, Shakers & Thinkers is included with general admission and free for Museum Members.

Admission is $12 for adults, $5 for children and students, and $10 for seniors, active military, and educators. To learn more about the exhibition or the Huntsville Museum of Art, visit

Jonathan Becker: Social Work – Four Decades of Movers, Shakers & Thinkers is sponsored by Iberia Bank.

Photo: Nicole Kidman with Tom Cruise at Vanity Fair's 2000 Oscar Party, West Hollywood, 26 March 2000

About the Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board. The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement. In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures, and musical presentations. Rental space is also available for weddings, meetings, and other events.

Danny Owen
Director of Communications
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