Category Archives: portraits

My Sleepy Hummingbird

The musician known as My Sleepy Hummingbird in San Francisco. Photo by Jim Newberry.
The musician known as My Sleepy Hummingbird in San Francisco. Photo by Jim Newberry.

This is the musician known as My Sleepy Hummingbird, along with his unusual guitar, outside The Hotel Utah Saloon, in San Francisco, right after an outstanding open mic performance. Here’s one of his songs, from KC Turner Presents:

New travel blog,

Young child in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo by Jim Newberry.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve left Chicago and am traveling for a while, first stop Bangkok, Thailand (on my way to Chiang Mai), where I shot this portrait. I plan to continue posting photos here at, but I’ve started a new blog,, specifically for my nomadic excursion.

The Appleseed Cast at Fireside Bowl

The Appleseed Cast at the Fireside Bowl in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.I shot this picture of the Appleseed Cast at the Fireside Bowl (where they performed later that night) circa 2001. They’ll be back at the Logan Square bowling alley and music venue this Thursday and Friday, August 8th and 9th.



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Self Portrait on South Pulaski

Jim Newberry self portrait.

South Pulaski Road: putting the “art” in “auto parts.”

Avreeayl Ra

Avreeayl Ra photo by Jim Newberry.

I photographed Avreeayl Ra last month, as part of my improv musician series. Avreeayl will be performing tomorrow night, at the excellent new music venue Constellation, with Dave Rempis and Joshua Abrams. Abrams interviewed Ra a few years ago for Stop Smiling magazine; you can read it here.

Photography and video for Deirdre Pursel

I recently had the opportunity to work with the talented folks at Jell Creative, who created a new web site for charismatic personal style consultant Deirdre Pursel. I photographed Deirdre for the site, and also shot the video below, which was produced by Jell and directed by Nancy Bardawil.

Deirdre Pursel web site

Jacob Barnett for The Times of London

Jacob Barnett photographed for the Times of London by Jim Newberry.

Last month I drove to Indianapolis to photograph 14-year-old genius Jacob Barnett, for a feature that ran in last Sunday’s London Times Magazine. The pictures accompanied an article by Louise Carpenter titled Is Jacob Barnett the next Einstein?, which profiles Jacob and his mom Kristine, who just published a memoir about raising him called The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius.

You can witness his charm, wit and intelligence for yourself as he discusses creativity and quantum mechanics at this 2012 TEDx talk.

By the way, next time you’re in Lafayette, Indiana–where I ate after this shoot–be sure to stop by the Triple XXX Family Restaurant, and “Don’t Be Nervous, Try The Purvis!