Photographer William Ellis's column One LP comes to All About Jazz
All About Jazz has partnered with world-renowned photographer William Ellis to bring you One LP, a new column focusing on musicians and the albums that proved influential and inspirational in their musical lives.
William Ellis on One LP
Through my work I have spent a lot time talking with musicians—and of course the talk always gets around to the reason we're all there— the music.About One LP
During the conversations I was often struck by the breadth of musical styles and artists which came up and many players had particular albums were very significant to them—I could see it was really a part of who they were as a person and part of their musical DNA.
I found that the insight I was given was often profound, sometimes surprising—and always compelling.
There had to be a way to give shape, form and imagery to what I was hearing with which people could connect.
So the One LP concept came about and I set out to make a recording of words and a picture of artists sharing their thoughts and feelings about a favourite album by another artist.
I hope you will find this project illuminating and a stimulating way to learn more about the music and the astonishingly talented people that make it."
One LP is a portrait on location of a musician with a favourite album by another artist. The photo is accompanied by an interview with the musician where they talk about the highly personal significance of their chosen record—and often the profound influence it has had on their lives a compelling insight into the person's musical DNA.
About William Ellis
William Ellis is at the vanguard of music photographers and is widely recognised as having created an important document of the contemporary international jazz scene.
His contribution to the culture was recognised by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City when he was invited to produce the Inaugural International Exhibition in 2005, and where he returned in 2008 to present his work in the Jazz in Black and White: Bebop and Beyond exhibit.
William's work has been exhibited at international festivals and galleries in the U.K. and throughout the world including The Royal Academy of Arts London, Amsterdam, Bremen, Cape Town, Havana, Hong Kong, The Hague, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Toronto and Utrecht.
He serves on the committee of the Milt Hinton Award for Excellence in Jazz Photography along with his peers.
His images have been used in the JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) Outreach program in the United States initiated by the Smithsonian Institution and many of his pictures are in private collections worldwide - including those of the musicians with whom he has worked. His portrait of Stan Tracey is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
The work continues, shooting front of house and backstage at the world's legendary clubs and festivals. William's insightful portraits, telling performance and exquisite still life images play their part in creating the visual heritage of today's international music scene.
One LP is his current major project and has recently been launched to critical acclaim.