Past Exhibition

William Claxton

6 April 2019 - 15 June 2019

Galerie Bene Taschen is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of works by the photographer William Claxton, who died in 2008. A selection of Silver gelatin prints of, amongst others, John Coltrane, Charlie ‚Bird‘ Parker and Clint Weaver will be shown.

William Claxton, born 1927 in Pasadena, California is known for his portraits of famous musicians. He travelled, together with the German musicologist Joachim Berendt, throughout the USA for four months and across 24,000 kilometres in order to photograph jazz as a universally American phenomenon. They journeyed, amongst others, to New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, Los Angeles and Kansas City.

However, Claxton did not photograph these jazz legends during their shows or performances. He approached them during rehearsals or while they were taking breaks, as they smoked, talked or waited around. The viewer gets to step behind the scenes of the stage, creating a truly private glimpse into the lives of the people portrayed. In 1998 Claxton and Berendt published a jazz photo book entitled JAZZ LIFE that brings the photographs taken since 1950 together. According to Berendt, the book’s aim was to document the vibrancy of jazz as captured in Claxton’s photographs.

The photographer bridges the gap between music and photography. They both exist through speed and technical sophistication, characterised casinos here by aesthetic photos and vibrant jazz. William Claxton is a master at finding the perfect moment to press the trigger: „For the photographer the camera is like a jazz musician’s ax.“

Opening:
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 6 – 9 pm

Opening hours:
Wednesday – Friday, 1 – 6 pm, Saturday 11 – 4 pm or by appointment

Address:
Moltkestraße 81
50674 Cologne

Image: © William Claxton, John Coltrane at the Guggenheim, NYC 1960, Silver gelatine print, 40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 inches)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Coltrane, Guggenheim Museum, New York City 1960

Silver gelatine print, printed 2000
40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Al Hirt & Pete Fountain, billboard sign, near New Orleans 1960

Silver gelatine print, printed 2000
40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Art Pepper, Los Angeles 1958

Silver gelatine print, printed 1998
47,5 x 37 cm (18.7 x 14.6 in.)
Wynton Marsalis, Lincoln Center, N.Y.C. 1993

Silver gelatine print
50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Earl 'Fatha' Hines (center), Jimmy Archey (left), Pops Foster (right), San Francisco 1960

Silver gelatine print
35,5 x 31,5 cm (18.7 x 12.4 in.)
LIGHTHOUSE ALLSTARS, Hermosa Beach, 1955

Silver gelatine print
35,5 x 27,9 cm (14 x 11 inches)
50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 in.)
Meade Lux Lewis, Nov. 1960

Silver gelatine print, printed 3/1993
35,5 x 27,9 cm (14 x 11 inches)
"Second Liners", New Orleans 1960

Silver gelatine print, printed 1999
27,9 x 35,5 cm (11 x 14 inches)

Cootie Williams, Harlem 1960

Silver gelatin print, printed 1999
50,8 x 40,6 cm (20 x 16 inches)

Clint Weaver, Musicians Union, Kansas City 1960

Silver gelatin print, printed 2000
37 x 37 cm (14.6 x 14.6 inches)

Joe Williams, Philadelphia 1960

Silver gelatin print, printed 1991
40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 inches)

The Eureka Brass Band, New Orleans 1962

Silver gelatin print
27,9 x 35,5 cm (11 x 14 inches)

40,6 x 50,8 cm (16 x 20 inches)

Dizzy Gillespie, NYC 1960

Silver gelatin print, printed 2000
50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Charlie ‚Bird‘ Parker and fans, Los Angeles 1952

Silver gelatin print, printed 2001
50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Lena Horne, Las Vegas 1955

Silver gelatin print, printed 2000
50.8 x 40.6 cm (20 x 16 in.)