In 2008 Jeffrey Henson Scales was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Through the tenacity of his wife Meg, they found a treatment for Jeffrey’s cancer, which was successfully performed outside the United States. Meg was also the force that urged him to get up, get out, embrace the transition, and make photographs again. At the time he had been working for several years as the photography editor of The New York Times Week in Review and The Book Review, where looking at photographs had nearly replaced his passion for making them. All of the photographs in the exhibition were made in the year following his treatment and what began as an exercise in the process of healing concluded in renewing his passion for engaging life on the street.
This catalogue includes essays by Jeffrey Hoone and Meg Henson Scales.
Jeffrey Henson Scales spent more than forty years as a documentary photographer. His documentary photographs have been exhibited at museums throughout the United States and Europe and have appeared in numerous photography magazines, books, and anthologies. His work is also featured in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The George Eastman House, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and The City Museum of New York. A one-person exhibition, Pictures from America by Jeffrey Henson Scales, sponsored by The Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, traveled throughout the United States from 1996 to 2001.