When the Blues Hall of Fame opens its doors for the first time on May 8, the brand new home for the blues in the heart of Memphis will showcase an extensive retrospective of the work of legendary blues photographer Dick Waterman.
A hugely influential figure in the genre, Waterman has been much more than a photographer. Over the past half a century, he has been a crusader in the fight to preserve and keep the tradition of the blues alive. When he founded Avalon Productions, he came to represent and advocate for Lightnin’ Hopkin, Skip James, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt and many more. A tribute to his remarkable career, in 2000 he was one of the first non-artists to be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.
The retrospective will run through November 30 and can be visited free of charge. Below, take a look at just a few of Waterman’s incredible shots that will be featured in the exhibit.