Jazz photographs of Burt Goldblatt to auction



2015-06-26 11:06:16

Jazz photographs of Burt Goldblatt to auction 

A collection of photographs originating from Burt Goldblatt, the ‘Ansel Adams of Jazz’ photography, will come to auction at Philip Weiss Auctions on September 14th.

Goldblatt produced thousands of jazz album covers and photographs between the 1950s and 1980s. He worked with the greatest jazz icons: Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and many more. For these names, he created album covers, shot publicity stills and art photography including portraits and studio photographs and gritty street scenes of urban night life.

As such, he was an ‘instrumental force in shaping the style and sensibility of the cool jazz era, employing film noir-influenced photography, expressionistic portraits, and abstract imagery to capture the late-night, neon-lit atmosphere of the jazz world’.

Burt Goldblatt was one of the most prolific designers in the record business. He combined photography with drawing and sparse lettering, to create stylish, sophisticated and exciting covers.

He visited late night clubs, recording studios, jazz festivals and intimate gigs, in order to capture images that would become iconic – these he then often used in his album covers.

The collection of his photography being offered at Weiss auctions presents an insight into the world of the developing jazz scene, and evolution of the musical genre.

The auction has arranged the collection into grouped lots, including singers, guitarists, drummers, pianists, saxophonists, trombonists, and trumpeters. These are mostly original prints in varying condition.

In addition, Philip Weiss Auctions will offer Newport Jazz Festival programmes from the 1950s to the 1970s, a few autographed concert programmes, and an original 1947 Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong programme.

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