Dead at the age of 81, William Claxton, known as the “Jazz photographer” was one of the masters of black and white.
Grown up in California, Claxton dedicated his life to take photographs of Jazz world, portraying well-known personalities such as Duke Ellinghton and Chet Baker, but also those ones nearest to cinema such as Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Tom Jones, Steve McQueen and Rebecca De Mornay.
Claxton was not only a photographer but more exactly a photographer-reporter, because through his shots he managed to tell about a mysterious and obscure side of the world..
Famous are the photos portraying the beginning of Chet Baker’s career and even more hundreds of them appeared on album covers or in the most glamorous international magazines such as “Life”, “Paris Match” e “Vogue”.
For any information about him, visit his official website http://www.williamclaxton.com/