The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues: Photographs by Benny Joseph from the Documentary Arts Collection at ICP Mana, October 18, 2015 – January 10, 2016

“Tracing the rise of rhythm and blues music in the 1950s and 1960s within the context of civil rights movement, it features portraits of such celebrated performers as B.B. King, Sam “Lightnin’”Hopkins, Junior Parker, Mahalia Jackson, and Della Reese. The exhibition also includes Joseph’s striking portraits of prominent African Americans of the same era, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, and Barbara Jordan.” — International Center of Photography

Images courtesy International Center of Photography

1 B.B. King at City Auditorium, Houston, 1962. Copyright Benny Joseph

Benny Joseph (b. 1924), B.B. King at City Auditorium, Houston, 1962. © Benny Joseph

2 Della Reese, Houston, n.d. Copyright Benny Joseph

Benny Joseph, Della Reese, Houston, n.d. © Benny Joseph

3 Club Matinee, Houston, 1957. Copyright Benny Joseph

Benny Joseph, Club Matinee, Houston, 1957. © Benny Joseph

4 KCOH disc jockey Skipper Lee Frazier and go-go girls, Houston, 1965. Copyright Benny Joseph.1D1B.1

Benny Joseph, KCOH disk jockey Skipper Lee Frazier and go-go girls, Houston, 1965. © Benny Joseph

5 Couple_Dancing. Copyright Benny Joseph

Benny Joseph, Couple dancing, 26 Men Social Club, Eldorado Ballroom, Houston, 1962. © Benny Joseph

6 Lightnin_Hopkins. Copyright Benny Joseph

Benny Joseph, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins, Houston, 1972. © Benny Joseph

7 Rev_Cleophus_Robinson. Copyright Benny Joseph

Benny Joseph, The Reverend Cleophus Robinson, Peacock Recording Studios, Houston, ca. 1956. © Benny Joseph

8 Teen_Hop. Copyright Benny Joseph

Benny Joseph, Teen hop, Eldorado Ballroom, Houston, 1964. © Benny Joseph

9 Thurgood_Marshall. Copyright Benny Joseph

Benny Joseph, Thurgood Marshall, Houston, n.d. © Benny Joseph