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117734
(JAZZ: HOLIDAY, Billie.) CLAXTON, William.

Original studio print of Billie Holiday, signed by Claxton.

Availability: In stock

Published: New York William Claxton, 2001

Stock Code: 117734

£3,500
signed
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

Wonderfully "off guard" image of Lady Day caught strikingly in an elegant white scarf against a dense black background, taken in LA in 1957. In January of that year she cut some memorable sides with Norman Granz, which were to be her last with the producer.

William Claxton indisputably 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. When asked why he liked to photograph jazz musicians, Claxton replied: "First, and most important, I love their music. But I am also fascinated by the diverse qualities they possess. They have ingenuousness, a sort of open, innocent attitude. Yet at the same time they display a strong discipline in their dedication to their craft. And I also admire their individualism: Their difference in character and their musical expression".

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Description

Silver gelatin print (image 325 x 480 mm, overall 407 x 508 mm) printed in 2001, with the photographer's wet stamp and signature verso. Cream card window mount.

Condition

Very good. Presented in a black frame with conservation mount & Perspex.

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