“Photography is jazz for the eyes. All I ask you is that you listen to music through your eyes.”
Thus spoke William Claxton, the photographer who between the 1950s and 60s revolutionized the iconography of jazz, our way of looking at it, and therefore of listening to it. Before him, musicians were photographed on pitch black nights, in nightclubs made anonymous by smoke, or during the hyperbolic pathos of a jam session. Claxton, who lives in sunny California, started to shoot them during the day, on the beach or driving their convertibles. He had sensed that the secret of music lies in day-to-day life, in gods that walk among us, yet are bursting with glamour.
In 1960 he drove from coast to coast along the roads of jazz to portray the full Olympus: Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Stan Getz, Billie Holyday, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and above all Chet Baker. The result was Jazzlife, a milestone in musical photography.
Tickets: 5 euros
Tickets for all the Triennale exhibitions: 13 euros
Free entry with JAZZMI ticket during the concerts at the Triennale Teatro dell’Arte
During the concerts at the Triennale Teatro dell’Arte the exhibition will close at 10.30 p.m.