The Making of a Famous Photograph
author: Roxane Orgill
illustrator: Francis Vallejo
When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didnít own a good camera, didnít know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musiciansí mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summerís day. Francis Vallejoís vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an authorís note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kaneís famous photograph.
What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem? Playful verse and glorious artwork capture an iconic moment for American jazz.