November 20, 2020

Legendary Photographer and Teacher Paul Jasmin Honored

Celebration of an artist who influenced a generation of visual storytellers on Friday, December 4, 2020 is open to public

ArtCenter College of Design will celebrate legendary photographer and teacher Paul “Jazz” Jasmin at a special event on Friday, December 4, 2020 at 4 p.m. (Pacific Time). Presented by ArtCenter’s Photography and Imaging Department, where Jasmin, 85, has taught for more than 25 years, the gathering will recognize the artist, and the many visual storytellers he’s inspired through his teaching. The event is in connection to the exhibition Paul Jasmin: Lost Angeles, currently on view at the Fahey/Klein Gallery. Free and open to the public, the Dec. 4th tribute to be held on Zoom, will feature a special exhibition video walk-through and conversation with Jasmin, Dennis Keeley, chair of ArtCenter’s Photography and Imaging department, and gallery owner David Fahey followed by a Zoom gathering for attendees to pay tribute to the artist. To attend the event, visit and for more information, call 626 396-2368 or write

“Jazz is a true treasure and an extraordinary teacher who inspired countless students who have gone on to become successful photographers and artists,” said Dennis Keeley. “I’m thrilled to honor his long career of creating great images in art, portraiture and fashion and the deep commitment and passion he has demonstrated over decades for ArtCenter and our students.”

Described by C Magazine as the man who captured 50 years of L.A. subcultures, Jasmin documents the city’s subculture of famous and almost-famous drifters and dreamers. His evocative images and his established role as a fixture in LA’s burgeoning bohemian subculture have made him a star in his own right. His photographs form a dreamy tableau that takes the viewer on a journey of seductive beauty and erotic ennui. Images highlighted in Lost Angeles eloquently mirror the mythology of the city in the vulnerability and intangible cool of his subjects. There is life in his portraits of smiling girls and strong and frail men – and the never fading love for the Los Angeles street scenes. There is a nostalgic myth of a splendid and ideal aesthetic, stopped and caught forever.

Event attendees will be treated to this conversation/interview with Jasmin about selections from the show at the Fahey/Klein Gallery. Following the videotaped conversation, the Zoom room will become a virtual reception for the artist.

Among Jasmin’s students, friends and professional colleagues who have been invited are Sofia Coppola, Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, Dewey Nicks, Amanda de Cadenet, Mario Testino, Tatjana Patitz, Dimitri Levas, Gia Coppola, Lisa Eisner, Chris Wallace, Liza Minelli, Florentine Pabst, Kurt Markus, Melodie McDaniel, Tarsem Singh, Daria Kobayashi Ritch, Eric Ray Davidson, Coliena Rentmeester and many more.

Paul Jasmin: Lost Angeles continues through December 31, 2020 at the Fahey/Klein Gallery and is open by appointment only. To make arrangements for a visit, call 323 934-2250 or write to

Jasmin has had a long career as a fashion and art photographer. He was born in Helena, Montana and in 1954 left to begin an incredible journey that would take him to Paris, Morocco, New York, and eventually “the city of dreams,” Los Angeles. Jasmin had been an illustrator, a painter, and an actor before picking up a camera – at the urging of his friend, Bruce Weber.

Jasmin’s images of real and imagined dreamers evoke a sensual and glamorous ideal while firmly rooted in reality. His editorial work appears in Vogue, Teen Vogue, GQ, Details, V Magazine, V Man, Vogue Hommes, W, Nylon, Interview, Mr. Porter, APC, Ron Herman, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks, and Nordstrom. Jasmin lives and works in Los Angeles where he teaches at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. Jasmin’s photography books include the much-acclaimed Hollywood Cowboy (2002) and its follow up, Lost Angeles (2004). In December 2010, Steidl/7l published Jasmin’s third book, California Dreaming.

The Photography and Imaging department at ArtCenter has established strong relationships with industry and a long tradition of integrating photography with other design disciplines. Students gain deep experience designing new technologies and working in partnership with various populations to apply creative solutions to social impact problems. The department played an important role in the history of photography education. The department was developed in its early years by the legendary Ansel Adams and his collaborator Fred R. Archer, who, with Adams, created the highly influential Zone System of photography while at ArtCenter. Distinguished professionals such as Annie Leibovitz, Matthew Rolston, Duane Michals, Stephen Shore, Mary Ellen Mark, Dan Winters, Frank W. Ockenfels III, and Jay Maisel are among notable visitors to the College.

About ArtCenter College of Design Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round continuing education programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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Teri Bond
ArtCenter College of Design
626 396-2385

Portrait of PAul Jasmin
Photographer and Teacher Paul Jasmin will be celebrated on Dec. 4, 2020. Image © Steven A. Heller/ArtCenter College of Design.
Photo of Sophia Coppola with Paul Jasmin
Sofia Coppola with her mentor Paul “Jazz” Jasmin who has taught for more than 25 years in the Photography and Imaging department at ArtCenter College of Design.
Paul Jasmin photo of Clint, Charlotte, and Oliver, Big Bear, CA, 1998
Paul Jasmin photo of Clint, Charlotte, and Oliver, Big Bear, CA, 1998.
Paul Jasmin photo of Chantelle, Hollywood, CA, 1980
Paul Jasmin photo of Chantelle, Hollywood, CA, 1980.