William Claxton, R.I.P.

Oct 15th, 2008 // 2 Comments

Though I am preparing to shed some belongings, I like to imagine that one day I’ll have enough money, space, and time for appreciating it to buy certain large, expensive items, and ever since I first set eyes on it five years ago, one of those objects has been Jazz Life, a $200-retail oversize Taschen volume by the master jazz photographer William Claxton, who died Sunday. This was his major work, the chronicle of a year-long trip around the U.S. talking to and snapping as many musicians as he could meet along the way. I’ve had the opportunity to thumb through a display copy or two, but to give you an idea, Taschen’s site has a gallery from it. Claxton also shot countless jazz album covers and was a founding member of the RIAA. He was 80. [AP]


  1. Captain Wrong

    Oh wow. Claxton was one of the best. His pictures were the essence of California cool. In fact, I tend to like his photos better than the artists he’s capturing. LOL

  2. AL

    i need to get “jazz life” tattooed across my abdomen

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