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Monday, 13 October 2008

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It's been awhile since I've seen a portfolio so compelling that I wanted to absorb every photo. Yes, sadness.

Thank you for this notice, Mike and Tim.

Although I was not closely familiar with William Claxton his name was familiar from bylines on photos I've enjoyed over the years. He really was a very talented eye. Just looking through the handful of images presented on the L.A. Times obit reveals the naturalness and comfort that he seemed to be able to evoke from his subjects. That's damn rare today, when everything is a fast-paced, clinical "shoot" more kindred to a movie production than a quiet conversation. I don't think we'll see Claxton's breed of mid-20th century photographers again.

But that begs the question: Which contemporary photographers will be missed most when their time comes in 30+ years?

Mike,

Read this: http://www.madison.com/tct/news/top5/309277 Bob Rashid died on Thursday. I don't know if you knew him, but the article says it all.

Will

Sad news, Clax is / was one of my all-time favorites, as were many of the musicians he photographed. He had a rare ringside seat to the era of cool jazz and served it well.

I was on my way to bed at midnight when I saw this post on the sad news. I followed the link to Bill's site and spent ninety minutes there. The combination of jazz and fine photography really is a good way to end a day

Bill opened my blurry eyes

The Guardian has published some of William Claxton's photos in its October 15th edition. http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/gallery/2008/oct/15/photography-art?picture=338596323

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