Jack Alterman opened his photography studio in Charleston, S.C. in 1980 specializing in commercial and fine art photography. He is a Marine Corps veteran, an alumnus of the University of South Carolina and Brooks Institute of Photography. 

He has produced several exhibitions focusing on the evolution of Charleston and the effect that rapid growth has had on the people and places in the city.

Jack’s 2017 exhibit ~ King Street the 500 Block ~ featured the merchants of this historic section of Charleston as it shifts from family owned shops to more national entities. For this project he photographed over 30 business owners who were transitioning in or out of the 500 Block of King Street. Large portraits were displayed on the 100 foot long exterior windows of the former Morris Sokol Furniture building. Hundreds of people walked by this busy part of King Street each day and stopped to read the names and identify the faces with the buildings of the neighborhood.

In 2016 Jack’s exhibit ~ East Siders Matter ~ included three dozen 4x5 foot portraits of residents of one of the oldest neighborhoods in Charleston as gentrification reached a tipping point.  The photographs stretched along a 150 foot fence on Columbus Street and remained up for over three months. The exhibit was viewed by countless motorist and pedestrians and helped put a face on this important part of the city.

This project was the topic of Jack’s 2017 TedX Charleston talk.


Cornices of Charleston ~ 2005

My City Charleston ~ 2015

He is currently working on a book of photographs to be released early in 2020.