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UMBC presents exhibit of N. Jay Jaffee photos

UMBC presents exhibit of N. Jay Jaffee photos

N. Jay Jaffee might not be among the best known American photographers of the 20th century, but a sizable and engrossing exhibit of his works at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, makes it obvious that he deserves much wider recognition.

Jaffee captured the world around him — mostly New York — in vibrant black and white. He had an eye for subtle detail, which enabled him to burrow beneath the surface and give many of his images multilayered textures. The exhibit in the spacious Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery contains nearly 80 examples.

"Jaffee never worked as a professional photographer," says Tom Beck, chief curator at UMBC. "His career was in...