Here’s a quick Q&A with longtime Nippertown photographer William Jaeger, whose work is currently on exhibit at the Albany Institute of History & Art in the group show, “Summer Exposure: Photographic Works”.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR CONNECTION TO OR FAVORITE CHARACTERISTIC OF THE HUDSON VALLEY?
A: The river itself, and the tendrils that come from it (and to it), are steeped in history and lore. Around us are the vestiges of a lot of this, like the huge Burden ironworks in Troy which is just some shards in the ground and some artifactual proof.
The people who live here are a product of all of this, and the Hudson and its influence
becomes the culture of the land, including the Erie Canal (I’m working on a photographic
response to Clinton’s Ditch for the bicentennial) and the little river towns I love (like beautiful Coxsackie, maligned and still really interesting). Even the Contemporary Artists Center in South Troy is the direct descendant of all of this, occupying the Burden family church chapel with residency and exhibition spaces. Full circle, or full spiral.