Malcolm Jackson, a.k.a. Malc Jax, is a photographer and Jacksonville native working in the genre of street photography. He explores neighborhoods chronicling the complexities of ordinary life. His documentary approach parses through the unexceptional—ramshackle parking lots, regular convenience stores, Laundromats, makeshift barber shops—making visible invisible lives and revealing the character of a place and time. When photographing his own Jacksonville neighborhood, the nostalgia present in his work is personal and thus powerful; the photographer is intimately present. “In New York City, a photographer can go completely unnoticed in a sea of 8 million people,” says Malcom. “In southern cities, and Jacksonville in particular, there’s a high likelihood that your subject knows that you are there photographing, so you are either going to take the shot or you aren’t.” His portraiture gives way to atmospheric qualities, emphasizing the importance of place. People are players in a larger established order of a community.
“I look to capture life in the 21st century in its purest state. There’s a certain beauty in street photography that allows you to freeze frame people’s stories.”