Photographic Gallery - Exhibition - Hugh Bell Jazz Photography


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Attend the artists reception on Saturday, February 17th from 5-9 PM.


Hugh Bell's early photo “Hot Jazz" (1952) was chosen by Edward Steichen for his “Family of Man" exhibit. Bell's passion for this art form, and its performers, is richly expressed in this photo, taken by a young man just beginning his career in photography. Bell's “Jazz Giants" follows the path he set for himself in this early work. It is a series of intimate portraits of the great Jazz performers of the second half of the 20th century. From Charlie Parker to Milt Jackson, with stops on the way for Duke, Dizzy, Billie, Sarah and “Prez", Bell was a trusted and welcome observer, working close up and personal. He captured the most innocent and honest moments in the professional lives of these legendary performers. He communicates the fervor of the music, the embrace of the spotlight, and its sometimes harsh aftermath. Through his photos we are transported back to their era with their glorious sounds echoing in our ear.

PhotoGraphic Gallery
252 Front Street NYC 10038
In the Historic Seaport District

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