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Noted Music Photographer Deone Jahnke Celebrates Completing Her Move to Nashville with an “Unpacking the Trunk” Show, Opening July 25 at Flatrock Coffee
Pieces on Exhibit Will Include the TV “Nashville” Bluebird Café Photos Re-Visioned, Along with Fine Art Pieces and Unique Hand-Tinted, Fiber-Based Archival Images
NASHVILLE, TN — When music photographer Deone Jahnke decided to end years of shuttling between her native Milwaukee and Music City, to finally make her home full-time in the city where so many of her Americana and Country subjects live, she had no idea the move would take more than two years. But this past month, Jahnke drove to Milwaukee, loaded the 16-foot Penske truck to the roof, and brought back the last of what she still had in storage, finally making her move complete.
To mark the occasion (and say “about time!”), Flatrock Coffee will host a new exhibit of Jahnke’s work, with a special opening celebration on Saturday, July 25, from 6-8 pm, featuring live music. The exhibit itself will run July 19 through August 29.
"Bringing negatives, my prints and all my fine artworks down to my house in Nashville has made the transition complete—I'm heart-happy to be a real Nashvillian at last," Jahnke says. "The opportunity to exhibit these artworks really make me feel I've come home."
For this special show, Jahnke will be unpacking her well-traveled trunks and showing some never-before-exhibited pieces, along with smaller, more intimate prints of many of the music portraits which graced the walls of Nashville’s world-famous Bluebird Café for several years—and which are seen by millions every week on the hit television show Nashville, lining the walls of the doppelganger Bluebird.
Haunting thrift shops and yard sales since she began her move to Nashville, Jahnke has stockpiled a unique collection of small, one-of-a-kind vintage picture frames that she will be using to display scaled-down versions of the large Bluebird portraits, among them Jim Lauderdale, Lyle Lovett, The Bottle Rockets, Susan Cowsill, Shawn Camp, The Mavericks, Amelia White and Justin Townes Earle.
Less familiar than her music portraits, but no less intriguing, are Jahnke’s stunning hand-tinted, fiber-based black-and-white archival images. Jahnke’s pieces are colored using paints she blends on the page itself, lending an unreal but evocative richness of hue to the tinted images. Most of these pieces will also feature her photographic-assemblage techniques, what Jahnke refers to as “the hand-written image.”
Her fine-art subject matter includes collages of vintage ephemera, shop window still lifes, theatre props (and even a tiny theatre), and flowers grown in her own garden.
Top photo courtesy of Deone Jahnke. Cats also courtesty of Deone, left-to-right, Dusty, Dixie.
ABOUT DEONE JAHNKE:
“Deone is as passionate about her art as the musicians she’s documented are about theirs. She is a superb technician, but her perceptive, honest and sensitive vision transcends the nuts and bolts of craft to give her photographs a brilliance and compassion unique in her field.” —DAVE ALVIN
“Deone makes my friends look good, or should I say GREAT, and she’s photographed a lot of them. She has such a unique way of capturing their essence and spirit.” —JIM LAUDERDALE
A well-established, nationally-known photographer from Milwaukee, Deone Jahnke started doing music photography in Nashville in 2003—“commuting” between the two cities bimonthly. Her relocation to Music City began in 2013.
A short list of artists she has captured in performance and/or presented in portrait settings reads like a Who’s Who of Americana and Country: Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Steve Earle & Allison Moorer, the Civil Wars, Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, Justin Townes Earle, John Mellencamp, Jim Lauderdale, Lori McKenna, Roseanne Cash, Richard Thompson, Dave Matthews, Joan Baez, Dan Tyminski, Kane Welch Kaplin, Gurf Morlix, Rosie Flores, Sam Baker, Gretchen Wilson, the late Levon Helm.
Past and present clients have included Warner Bros. Records, Meredith Publications, Simon & Schuster, No Depression Magazine, Red Beet Records, ABC/Lionsgate, Zildjian Cymbals. Her work is represented by Cache Agency of Los Angeles.
To learn more and see examples of Deone Jahnke’s work (including a short documentary and the “moving pictures” (distinctive music videos) she has photographed and produced, please visit www.deonejahnke.com.
Deone Jahnke, “Unpacking the Trunk”
Flatrock Coffee, Tea & More
2640 Nolensville Pike
Nashville TN 37211
Opening Saturday, July 25, 6-8 pm
Featuring Live Music
Exhibit runs July 19 - August 29