Chronology 1923 - 1993
1923 Raymond Jacobs born April 26, Brooklyn, New York
1936 Enters DeWitt Clinton High School in Bronx, New York. Wins contest for photograph of New York University Library on Bronx campus.
1939 Uses Brownie camera to photograph the World’s Fair for high school newspaper. Graduates DeWitt Clinton High School.
1940 Enrolls at City College of New York.
1941 Drops out of college due to a back injury.
1942 Enrolls in Sign Corps School.
1942 Enlists in U.S. Army Signal Corps, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey.
1942 - 1945 Serves in Europe in the Army Signal Corps.
1945 Receives Army discharge.
1946 Returns to M. Jacobs Furs, New York.
1947 Attends Art Students League of New York, where he studies drawing and painting.
1950 Joins Lisette Model’s photography class at the New School for Social Research, New York.
1952 - 1953 Studies photography with Sid Grossman in New York City.
1953 Meets future wife, Eleanor Cohen, at Stanbrooke, a riding ranch in Rhinebeck, New York.
1954 First commercial job photography the first catalog of imported Scandinavian items for Paul Secon’s Pottery Barn.
1954 Photographer for “The Fight Against Silence - Jazz.” Harper’s Bazaar. July.
1955 Photographer for “Satchmo: The Three Lives of Louis Armstrong.” Leonard Feather. Esquire. March, pp. 80-82.
1955 Work appears in The Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1955 Photograph for “Life with 13 Sons.” Parade. July 17, pp. 8-11.
1955 Writer and Photographer for “Be Your Own Weatherman.” Leica Photography. Winter 1955, pp. 10-15.
1955 Acquires studio on East 17th Street, New York City.
1955 Marries Eleanor Cohen, December 29.
1956 Writer and Photographer for “Migratory Workers.” Candid Photography, pp. 10-15.
1956 Photographs appear in See.
1956 Writer and Photographer for “Ballet on Eighth Avenue.” Art Photography. May, pp. 30-33, 49.
1956 Receives first of five certificates of excellence from the American Institute of Graphic Art.
1957 Work appears in group exhibition Seventy Photographers Look at New York. Museum of Modern Art, New York. November - March, 1958.
1958 Writer and Photographer for “For the Pose That’s Convincing.” Art Direction. March, cover, pp. 42-43.
1958 Receives Award for Distinctive Merit for CBS Radio from the 37th Annual Exhibition of Advertising and Editorial Art & Design, the Art Directors Club of New York.
1959 November 28, daughter Susan is born.
1960 Receives Award of Distinction at the 39th Annual Exhibition, the Art Directors Club of New York.
1960 Studies C-printing with Sy Kattleson. Installs color lab darkroom equipment.
1961 Solo exhibition of color photography. Limelight Gallery, New York. June 2 - July 2.
1962 March 3, daughter Laura is born.
1962 “Circus Flag” photograph appears on cover of Popular Photography, September.
1963 Solo exhibition Raymond Jacobs Photographs; 1953 - 1963. Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. July 7 - August 11.
1964 Photographs daughter Susan Jacobs for “What Makes a Good Father.” Redbook. January, p.38.
1964 Photograph for “Eight Days Make a Miracle.” McCall’s. January, p. 34.
1954 Dutch government assigns Jacobs to photograph all of Holland for tourism purposes.
1966 Photographer for “Costa Smeralda and the Man Who Had it Made.” Audrey Menen, Venture. March, pp.50-58.
1966 Studies filmmaking at the New School for Social Research in New York City.
1967 Co-writes, co-produces, “Aroused,” film described by the Museum of Modern Art as a Greek tragedy and purchased for its permanent collection.
1968 Co-produces and directs “The Minx” for Cambist Films, starring Jan Sterling.
1969 In June, the Jacobs family sails on the SS France to LeHarve, France, for a grand tour of Europe.
1969 In August, Eleanor purchases a pair of Anne Kalso Minus-Heel shoes in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Jacobses receive distribution rights.
1970 The Earth Shoe Company shop opens on East 17th Street, in celebration of the first Earth Day, April 22.
1971 Jacobs, as president, and his wife, as vice-president, combine their skills and grow the company into 135 privately owed retail stores across the country and Europe within seven years.
1977 The Jacobses give up their interest in the Earth Shoe.
1978 Solo exhibition at the Washington Irving Gallery, New York.
1979 The Jacobses open Art Appreciation, an art gallery on East 17th Street to sell American and European paintings and sculpture.
1982 Relocates part-time to Litchfield, Connecticut. Builds a darkroom there.
1983 - 1988 Resumes photography career and prints black-and-white photos of northwestern Connecticut.
1989 Accepts position to teach photography at the Forman School, a private preparatory school in Litchfield, Connecticut.
1990 Solo exhibition at the Oliver Wolcott Library, Litchfield, Connecticut. February - March.
1990 Featured in “Raymond Jacobs back in the public eye.” Frank Markling. News-Times. February 9, p. 47.
1990 Solo retrospective exhibition at the National Arts Club, New York City. April - May.
1990 Solo exhibition at the Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, Connecticut.
1992 Organizes his work for a major retrospective.
1993 Dies March 17.
2000 Work appears in a group exhibition, The Focused Eye, New Arts Gallery, Bantam, Connecticut.
2006 Solo retrospective exhibition Raymond Jacobs Rediscovered. The Tremaine Gallery at the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut. April 1 - 30.