Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson.

Bruce Jackson

Bruce Jackson

SUNY Distinguished Professor
James Agee Professor of American Culture


narrative theory and performance; ethnography; film; photography

Works in Progress

Working with the Wooster Group on a follow-up play to our 2017 production, “The B-Side” (which the NY Times named one of the ten best plays of the year). Finishing work on two photo books, one landscape photography in the Northern Chihuahuan Desert, 2011-2019, the other a book of previously unpublished color photographs from Texas and Arkansas prisons, Inside/InColor: Kodachromes, Ektachromes & Polaroids, 1964-1979, to be published by Twin Palms.

Selected Publications

  • American Chartres: Buffalo’s Waterfront Grain Elevators (photographs) (SUNY Press, 2016)
  • Being There: Bruce Jackson, Photographs 1962-2012 (Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, 2013)
  • Inside the Wire: Photographs from Texas and Arkansas Prisons (University of Texas Press. 2013)
  • “In this timeless time”: Living and Dying on Death Row in America (with Diane Christian. University of North Carolina Press and Duke Center for Documentary Studies, Documentary Arts & Culture Series. 2012)
  • Pictures from a Drawer: Prison and the Art of Portraiture (Temple University Press, 2009)*
  • Cummins Wide: Photographs from the Arkansas Prison (Center for Documentary Studies/Center Working Papers, 2008)
  • The Story is True: The Art and Meaning of Telling Stories, 2007 (Temple University Press)*
  • Disorderly Conduct (political and social essays, 1992, University of Illinois Press)
  • Fieldwork (University of Illinois Press, 1987)*
  • Law and Disorder: Criminal Justice in America (University of Illinois Press, 1985)
  • Doing Drugs (with Michael Jackson, St. Martin's, 1983)*
  • Death Row (with Diane Christian, Beacon Press, 1980; French ed., Le Quartier de la mort, Editions Terre Humaine, Paris: Plon, 1985; 2nd French ed. with additional photographs 1986; 3rd French edition with new post-face, 2011)*
  • The Programmer (novel, Doubleday, 1979)*
  • Killing Time: Life in the Arkansas Penitentiary (photographs. Cornell University Press, 1977)*
  • "Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me": Narrative Poetry from Black Oral Tradition (Harvard University Press, 1974; Routledge 2004 with new CD)*
  • Wake Up Dead Man: Afro-American Worksongs from Texas Prisons (Harvard University Press, 1972*, 2nd paperback edition, with additional photographs and new introduction University of Georgia Press, 2000)
  •  In the Life: Versions of the Criminal Experience (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1972: French editions with title Leurs Prisons, preface by Michel Foucault, Editions Terre Humaine, Paris: Plon, 1975 and with new signature of my photographs, 1978)*
  • A Thief's Primer (Macmillan, 1969, paperback title Outside the Law)*
  • The Negro and his Folklore in 19th Century Periodicals (ed., American Folklore Society and University of Texas Press, 1967)*(Most recent reprint: 2014.)
  • Robert Creeley on the Poet’s Work. In Conversation with Bruce Jackson (BlazeVox, 2020)
  • Deux jours à La Ribaute: A celebration at Atelier Anselm Kiefer (Room With a View Press, 2020)
  • Yevtushenko in Buffalo (with Tanya Shalina-Conte. Center Working Papers, 2020)
  • Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons (re-mastered audio, with new notes and photos of LP originally published by Elektra in 1964, Moochin’ About, London, 2020)
  • Places: Things heard, things seen (BlazeVox, 2019)
  • Babel: The First Ten Years (photographs) (Just Buffalo, 2018, ed. by Barbara Cole)
  • Terlingua Necropolis. (Synergistic Press, 2017)
  • I Look at Diane Christian/Diane Christian Looks at Me.  Photographs 1971-2017 (Synergistic Press, 2017)
  • No More Good Time in the World for Me (2CD album, Dust-to-Digital, 2015)