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photoblog image Homage To Wolff In Mono #3

Homage To Wolff In Mono #3


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 #3


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 (6)

I love the artists you mentioned...Was lucky enough to see Tony Williams play in the San Francisco at the Keystone. I will have to check out Francis Wolff. Lovely homage to Mr. Wolff.
Not really into Jazz but this is a fine photograph
  • Kelvin
  • UK
  • 17 Aug 2009, 13:58
Agree with Bill, this is a mighty fine photograph. My man looks like his well in the zone smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 17 Aug 2009, 14:46
You do these series so well, Fotografa, showing your love of music and musicians. You could easily make a book of all your images! I have learned to love jazz over the years. I can't always tell you who the artist is but I love it when I hear it.
Lovely capture (all series images have been lovely) but you gone spoilt it with the PP, know you wrote these images are loosely based on the work of Francis Wolfe, but I feel this PP style looses to much details in the image, too sharp, too sepia, just not feeling the PP. Tone it down, sometimes less is more grin
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 15 Sep 2009, 18:20
magnifique portrait, il ne manque plus que le son

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