JIMI GIANNATTI ART EXHIBITION
Jimi Giannatti has been a photographer for over 40 years, starting out as a fashion photographer in NYC, and working as Photo Editor for SPIN Magazine. From 1990, through the early 2000s he redirected his focus to photographing musicians and celebrities such as David Bowie, Willie Nelson, Muhmmad Ali, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, John Malkovich, Tom Cruise, Jaimie Foxx, and Bruce Springsteen.
In line with the objectives of our nonprofit Minority Humanity Foundation Jimi has focused many projects on asylum and immigration. A few years ago he shot the entire border wall from the Gulf of Mexico in Brownsville, Texas all the way to the Pacific Ocean in Tijuana, Mexico. He also spent several weeks documenting the migrants' caravan who, after traveling 2,500 miles across Mexico, came to an end in Tijuana, at the Mexico–United States border at Friendship Park.
One of Jimi’s passions is documenting the things found on the American roadside: mid-century buildings (often deserted), old gas stations (often deserted), old cafes, farm houses, trailers, motels, drive-through burger joints, and especially, the amazing vintage neon signs. What started out as a way for him to preserve the old signs of his childhood turned into a lifelong passion that has taken him to every state in the contiguous U.S. Today he spends most of his time chronicling the sights that are vanishing from our American roadside, driving over 22,000 miles shooting our vanishing highways in the past year alone.
The prints in this show are the neon signs that represent Jimi’s travels over the past year and a half. He will be giving a brief talk on his 37-year passion of photographing things found on the side of a vanishing roadside, as well as discussing his methods in photographing them. We do hope you will come and join us.
To view samples of Jimi's work please visit these two websites:
30% of art sales proceeds go to benefit Minority Humanitarian Foundation. This is a great way to collect Jimi's beautiful artwork and support our 501c3 foundation!