Jazz Legends by a Jazz Legend

Thelonious Monk by William P. Gottlieb

In a remarkable feet, photographer William P. Gottlieb left his archive of photographs of jazz musicians to the public – upon his death i 2006, his work was released into the public domain.

It’s a wonderful set of images, images that ooze access and style in places, the rawness of the off-stage performers life in other places. The light moves from evocative to harsh, the compositions from artful to record shots. The web site Photography News has a collection of the images up now, with some extensive caption information that adds a little color to the monochromatic images.

Makes me wonder who is documenting the Athens music scene today …

(Thanks to Greg Mironchuk for the lede.)

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