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photoblog image Homage To Wolff In Mono  #2

Homage To Wolff In Mono #2


The beautiful game kicks off (English Premiership Leauge) today, LONG LIVE THE BEAUTIFUL GAME!! Over 30 weeks of high drama and excitement. The high expectations, disasterous flops, controversies, laughs, tears, highs, lows, and in betweens.

These series of mono images are based loosely on the works of Francis Wolff. Some are images I've posted earlier in colour, but now converted to mono, and some are new.

Being a jazz lover, I inevitably discovered Blue Notes Records and became a fan of not just their vast musical catalogue, but also of their iconic album sleeves. Their recording roster included jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Ornette Coleman just to name a few.

Became a bigger fan when I later discovered the works of German born photographer Francis Wolff, cause not only was he responsible for taking some of the great iconic images of any music genre, but he was also a record producer and co-founder of Blue Notes.

Years ago after the HMV jazz section Oxford Street relocated from the ground floor to the basement level, they had a display of Wolff Blue Notes prints for viewing.  And I would travel every other day after work from North London into the West End to gaze for hours at some of the most gorgeous mono prints for hours on end.

 "Seeing, as the saying goes, is believing. In the photography of Wolff there is a deep, shared reverence for the music, captured in a way that makes us all fortunate witnesses to some private and truly historic moments...."  Ashley Kahn

 "...While Wolff never considered himself a master photographer, history certainly remembers him as one of the few great jazz photographers......." Anoun

Homage To Wolff In Mono #2


The beautiful game kicks off (English Premiership Leauge) today, LONG LIVE THE BEAUTIFUL GAME!! Over 30 weeks of high drama and excitement. The high expectations, disasterous flops, controversies, laughs, tears, highs, lows, and in betweens.

These series of mono images are based loosely on the works of Francis Wolff. Some are images I've posted earlier in colour, but now converted to mono, and some are new.

Being a jazz lover, I inevitably discovered Blue Notes Records and became a fan of not just their vast musical catalogue, but also of their iconic album sleeves. Their recording roster included jazz greats Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Horace Silver, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Donald Byrd, Ornette Coleman just to name a few.

Became a bigger fan when I later discovered the works of German born photographer Francis Wolff, cause not only was he responsible for taking some of the great iconic images of any music genre, but he was also a record producer and co-founder of Blue Notes.

Years ago after the HMV jazz section Oxford Street relocated from the ground floor to the basement level, they had a display of Wolff Blue Notes prints for viewing.  And I would travel every other day after work from North London into the West End to gaze for hours at some of the most gorgeous mono prints for hours on end.

 "Seeing, as the saying goes, is believing. In the photography of Wolff there is a deep, shared reverence for the music, captured in a way that makes us all fortunate witnesses to some private and truly historic moments...."  Ashley Kahn

 "...While Wolff never considered himself a master photographer, history certainly remembers him as one of the few great jazz photographers......." Anoun

comments (4)

  • VZ
  • United States
  • 15 Aug 2009, 02:50
great take, fotografa. I would agree that Wolff did a very good job for the Blue Note covers, but he wasn't the best one out there. Are you familiar with the works of Herman Leonard? If not, you better hurry. smile
http://www.hermanleonard.com/default_jazz.htm
There is a very good documentary called "The Blue Note: A History Of Modern Jazz". Rent or buy it. You won't regret.
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Note-Story-Modern-Jazz/dp/B0012K53U4
Fotografa: Thanks for sharing this, I'll keep an eye out for the Blue Note documentary. We live and learn smilesmile

I've come across a few of his prints over the years, but this is the first time I've had a chance to read his bio and view his works. Truly amazing stuff, now am a big fan smile
  • Kelvin
  • UK
  • 17 Aug 2009, 14:00
Nice PP and series of images, I take it there's more to come.
No hay nada más grande que la música. Te envidio por poder verla en directo y disfrutar con ella.
that's showboy !!

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