Book: William Claxton

Claxton.jpgWilliam Claxton, Photographic Memory (Powerhouse). This generous volume has the great photographer’s pictures of a few jazz people, including shots of Chet Baker that helped make both of them famous. But here we have full-range Claxton; portraits of personalities as varied in time and occupation as Igor Stravinsky in 1956, Benicio Del Toro in 2001, Ursula Andress in 1962, Spike Lee in 1989 and Vladimir Nabokov in 1961. This survey of Claxton’s work, much of it previously unpublished, documents how clearly he saw into the beings of his subjects.

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