Jazz comme une image.
Banlieues Bleues.Paris: Scandéditions, 1993 Stock Code: 141756
NotesFirst edition, first printing, presentation copy from the author, inscribed warmly on the title page to fellow jazz photographer William Claxton (although not named), thanking him for their improvised, yet long-awaited, encounter: "Avec ma pleine amitié et toute mon admiration. Le souvenir d'une rencontre, improvisée, que j'espérais depuis longtemps. Merci pour ces moments partagés, rythmés et mélodieux. Guy Le Querrec".
Guy Le Querrec was born in Paris in 1941 and shot his first pictures of jazz musicians in London in the late 1950s, making his professional debut in 1967, and joining Magnum in 1976. He has travelled globally and "punctuates his work with breaks devoted to jazz (festivals, clubs and tours) Le Querrec's background in jazz has informed his photography. He sees everyday scenes as a musical score, played or activated by natural forces. Sun rays in a café could be a cry or a trumpet call; Spanish workers resting on the edge of a limestone quarry are musical notations in a solo piece" (Magnum, retrieved 24 August 2020).
William Claxton (1927-2008) became one of the greatest photographers of the jazz scene, with his sensitive images of artists such as Baker and Bird, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, and many others, appearing in countless magazines and record covers since the 1950s. It seems not unlikely that he would have come to the Banlieues Bleues jazz festival in Seine-Saint-Denis (greater Paris), which has been taking place annually since 1984.
Large octavo. Original pictorial wrappers with flaps, titles in black, yellow, and white to spine and front wrapper.
Monochrome photographic illustrations throughout.
Spine a touch sunned, a little rubbed, else bright, internally fresh; a near-fine copy.
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