As a visual artist, Jim was naturally interested in photography. The film (and later video) camera interested him the most, creating moving, singing, dancing images, but the still camera was another creative outlet and allowed Jim to document his work. At first, he shot pictures himself, of his friends and family as well as behind the scenes at the local television station or the theater department at the University of Maryland. He soon met Del Ankers, an experienced Washington, DC photographer, and Ankers became the photographer of record for the Muppets through the late 1960s. Just about every project that Jim worked on was documented by Ankers, but Jim continued to shoot candid shots of his family at home and on vacation.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.