The exhibit is on view at the ICP Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey, from October 18 to January 10, 2016. It includes portraits of such celebrated performers, including B.B. King, pictured here at the City Auditorium in Houston in 1962.
Joseph photographed gospel singer Della Reese, who became the first black woman to host her own variety show, "Della," and serve as guest host of "The Tonight Show." She had a successful television career, appearing in "Sanford and Son," "Picket Fences" and "Touched by an Angel."
The exhibit features a photo of country blues singer Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins of Houston. Joseph's main source of income was studio portraiture, but like many photographers in his day, he had to do it all to make a living: portraits, snapshots, news, advertising, churches, parades, politicians, social groups, dances and musicians.
This photo of a couple dancing was taken at the Eldorado Ballroom in Houston, a black-owned and operated venue featuring live performances of black "secular" music: blues, jazz, R&B, and occasionally pop and zydeco. Philanthropists Anna and Clarence Dupree established the ballroom to provide a "class" venue for black social clubs and entertainment.
The exhibition includes Joseph's portraits of prominent African-American civil rights leaders, including Thurgood Marshall, pictured here at Antioch Baptist Church in Houston.
Another photo taken at Houston's Eldorado Ballroom portrays a teen hop, or dance. As the venue of choice for upscale blues and jazz performers, the ballroom was also a symbol of community pride in Houston's Third Ward.