From 1957 to 1965, photographer W. Eugene Smith documented the late-night musical soirees at his New York Loft – now, the images can be seen at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. Smith’s apartment, which became known as the ‘Jazz Loft’, was a meeting place for some of the greatest jazz legends of the time, including Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk. Artists such as Salvador Dali, Diane Arbus and Henri Cartier-Bresson were also regular guests.
When the photographer passed away, his images and musical recordings were placed in storage. It was not until 1998 that they were discovered by writer Sam Stephenson, who spent seven years cataloging and editing the material, resulting in the book 'The Jazz Loft Project’.
The corresponding exhibition will be showing at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona from December 14th, 2012 to March 10th, 2013.
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