East Chicago based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes photographed Michael Jackson’s birthday celebration at his boyhood home in Gary, Indiana.
Since the evening of June 25, 2009, the day pop singer Michael Jackson passed away, I have lost count of the number of times Iâ€™ve journeyed to 2300 Jackson Street in Gary, Indiana, to document events at the singerâ€™s boyhood home. Some of them were held to commemorate the day of his passing, while others (as with todayâ€™s) celebrated the day of his birth.
Todayâ€™s event was unique compared to others Iâ€™ve covered due to the presence of Jacksonâ€™s three children (Paris, Prince, and Blanket), who worked the crowd with their aunt La Toya, signing autographs and shaking hands. They were received by enthusiastic fans from all over the United States and beyond (one woman I spoke with journeyed from Amsterdam) who came to Gary specifically to celebrate The King of Pop.
See more photos on Guy’s blog.