William Claxton was born in Pasadena, California, in 1927. He died in Los Angeles in 2008. In the early 1950s Claxton started photographing visiting Jazz music concerts. With the German musicologist Joachim Berendt Claxton travelled through the United States and met all important Jazz musicians. He became famous for his portraits of Jazz musicians such as Chet Baker, Louis Armstrong and Ray Charles.
Selected Public Collections
The J. Paul Getty Museum, L.A.
The Museum of Modern Art, NY
The National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.
Orange County Museum of Art, Santa Ana, CA