The photographer: William Claxton holds a special place in
the history of American—particularly jazz—photography.
Since his early career—shooting for LIFE, Paris Match, and
Vogue, among other magazines—Claxton has worked with and
become friends with many Hollywood luminaries and jazz
musicians, most notably Steve McQueen and Chet Baker (whom
Claxton first photographed in 1952 when Baker was young and
still unknown). Claxton, whose jazz imagery has graced the
covers of countless albums and magazine covers for over
five decades, is considered the preeminent photographer of
jazz music. TASCHEN has also published Claxton’s Jazz seen
and Steve McQueen.
Books:Jazzlife, November 2005