Masters of Jazz Photography
The great improvisational American jazz musicians of the mid-20th century inspired a generation of photographers to develop a looser, moodier style of visual expression. That evocative approach is on striking display in The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography. Covering six decades of performers from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to John Coltrane and Miles Davis this unique collection is as much a comprehensive catalogue of jazz greats as it is a salute to the photographers who captured them.
Lee Tanner, a leading authority on jazz photography, has selected works by such noted jazz photographers as Herman Leonard, Bob Willoughby, Milt Hinton, and Bill Claxton that are iconic, candid, explosive, and intimate. They provide a simultaneous look at jazz, photography, and America from 1935 into the 1990s.#
In cooperation with Tanner, Jerry Jazz Musician will present a number of editions of “Master of Jazz Photography,” featuring a work by one of the photographers featured in The Jazz Image.
This edition: Hugh Bell
“Charlie Parker was the Louis Armstrong of his generation. Every musician since his time is in his debt.”
– Nat Hentoff
Charlie Parker and bassist Teddy Kotick in New York, 1952
Photograph by Hugh Bell
Sound samples of Charlie Parker
Hugh Bell was born in New York City in 1927. He graduated from New York University in 1950. Long interested in jazz, he started shooting the music scene in Greenwich Village while during the day he pursued a career in advertising and fashion photography. A background in documentary films led him to focus on picture stories, capturing passionate images of boxers, dancers, and actors, as well as travel spreads. His jazz pictures have been included in several shows and books, including the monumental 1955 photography exhibition The Family of Man, curated by Edward Steichen, at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. His work is also featured in K. Abe’s classic book of photographs, Jazz Giants: A Visual Perspective.
About the Author
Lee Tanner has been photographing jazz musicians for nearly half a century. His photographs have appeared in Down Beat, Jazz Times, American Photo, and Popular Photography, on the covers of many record albums, and in several books. He lives in Sonora, CA.
Masters of Jazz Photography index
# Text from the publisher