Jack is a native of Charleston, South Carolina where he opened Alterman Studios in 1980. His interest in photography began in 1968 while serving as a Marine in Okinawa. After his discharge in 1970 he went on to receive his technical training using the GI Bill at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, MFA
His expertise includes environmental photography as well as studio portraiture and travel essays. He has traveled extensively in Africa, Asia and Europe and contributes regularly to regional and national print publications.
Jack's work has been exhibited at the Piccolo Spoleto Festivals in Charleston and Spoleto, Italy the Gibbes Museum of Art. and the Smithsonian Institution. An award winning photographer, his work has been acquired by art organizations and numerous private collectors.
He founded the Charleston Center for Photography in 2002 with co-founders Dave Russin, J.D. Cummings and Roy Moss with a mission to promote and teach the art and craft of photography. Together, they attracted a group of instructors from among the area's top professional photographers.
In 2003, Jack developed and coordinated a multimedia exhibition that brought attention to Charleston's homeless population. Who Among Us featured more than 75 individual and group portraits by more than 30 professional photographers.
(Click on video to watch).
His 2005 one-man show, The Bridge Builders, showcases the diversity of the workers who constructed the new Cooper River Bridge in Charleston.
In the 2007 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Jack had a one man show called Faces of the Lowcountry, and in
2009 his exhibit Red Right Returning explored the
juxtaposition of buoys with the landmarks in the
His 2011 Piccolo Spoleto exhibit "Allende" featured a
documentry about the city of San Miguel de Allende.
To view the film click on Video at the top of the home page.
Cornices of Charleston,was published in 2005. The book capturies Charleston's unique architectural styles providing a new view of old familiar places.
With an introduction by artist John Carroll Doyle and a foreword by author and historian Harlan Greene the context of what you are seeing springs to life as you 'fly' down the streets of Charleston.
Jack's new book MyCity Charleston was published in the summer of 2015. Forword by Mayor Joseph P Riley and Introduction by Josephine Humphreys.
His studio is located at 36 George Street in downtown Charleston, where he is available by