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Explore the captivating world of William Claxton photography and discover his iconic portraits that have defined the essence of timeless beauty and artistic expression.
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William Claxton was not unlike the pictures he took over a half-century: peripatetic, loose, inventive, authentic. Come to think of it, that made Claxton, who died on October 13, 2008, at age 80, a lot like jazz (his second love, after the camera). In 1961, Claxton published Jazzlife, an encyclopedic compendium of the Giants of Cool. Here are excerpts from Taschen’s 2005 reissue.

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William Claxton: Coleman Hawkins Jazz, Coleman Hawkins, William Claxton, Coleman, Miles Davis, Jazz Artists, Classic Jazz, Jazz Players, Jazz Musicians

Born in Pasadena, California, William Claxton was best known for his photography of Jazz Musicians including Chet Baker, and celebrities such as Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra. In 1967, Claxton created the film, “Basic Black,” which is credited as the first “fashion video,” and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in [...]

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“The Counce quintet is one of the great neglected jazz bands of the 1950s. The reasons for this neglect are difficult to pinpoint.” Ted Gioia, West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz In California [New York: Oxford University Press, 1992, p.318]. Boy, it’s great to have friends, especially when one of my closest friends, Bob Gordon, is also the author of the brilliant Jazz West Coast: The Los Angeles Jazz Scene of the 1950’s [London: Quartet Books Ltd., 1986]. Among it’s many attributes, the book…

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