Jazz Loft Project Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965

ISBN-10: 0307267091

ISBN-13: 9780307267092

Edition: 2009

Authors: Sam Stephenson
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Description: A legendary underground jazz and photography happening becomes a book. From 1957 to 1965, W. Eugene Smithone of the masters of twentieth-century photographylived in a loft building in New York City's wholesale flower district that was the site of famous after-hours jazz jam sessions. During his eight years there he took forty thousand pictures (the largest body of work in his career), photographing the nocturnal jazz scene as well as life on Sixth Avenue outside his window. Now, two hundred of these extraordinary, never-before-seen photographs have been gathered together. Here are Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan, Roland Kirk, Zoot Sims, and Chick Corea, to name a few. And the pimps, prostitutes, cops, dealers, and drug addicts who dropped by, along with the likes of Doris Duke, Norman Mailer, Diane Arbus, and Salvador Dali. Sam Stephenson, the foremost authority on Smith, has edited the photographs and written the text, which includes excerpts from the four thousand hours of audio recordings Smith made at the time, as well as firsthand accounts of those who were there and lived to tell the tale(s). An extraordinary portrait of the underground world of jazz in 1960s New York and the extraordinary photographer who captured it all.

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Book details

List price: $47.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 9.75" wide x 11.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Sam Stephenson is a writer and consultant at the Center for Documentary Studies.

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