Lou Jacobs, Jr. grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BA in industrial design. After serving as a topographic model maker during World War 2, he worked as a designer and then moved to California to study photojournalism at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Upon graduation, he began a career in editorial photography, working with Atlantic Richfield Corporation and others. Lou Jacobs describes himself as a designer/painter turned photographer/writer. His images and articles have been published in a variety of magazines from Look to AARP.
He began taking fine art photographs with a view camera while at Art Center. During that time he became friends with Edward Weston who he visited. Occasionally Jacobs asked Weston to critique his photographs. To the ones Weston admired most, he said “Good seeing” !
Nature and land forms play an enormous role in his work, which includes images in western United States, England, France and Italy. Striving for simplicity in concept, Lou Jacobs hopes that viewers can enjoy and appreciate the diversity of his photographs, many of which reflect his design background.
During the 1950s he began a series of portraits of Los Angeles artists in their studios. The series includes Weston, Man Ray, Rico Lebrun, Jules Engel, Paul Landacre and Oskar Fischinger, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Stanton Macdonald Wright, Richard Neutra, William Brice and others.
Lou’s work is represented in in the Eastman Museum , the Los Angeles Museum of Art, California Museum of Photography and the International Center of Photography in NYC, among other institutions.