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Sight Readings: Photographers and American Jazz, 1900–1960

Sight Readings: Photographers and American Jazz, 1900–1960

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Sight Readings: Photographers and American Jazz, 1900–1960

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Alan John Ainsworth. Intellect, Bristol, 2021.

472 pp. Moderately Illustrated (all b&w). 25 x 18 cm. In English. Hardcover.

ISBN 9781789384215

In this book, Alan John Ainsworth considers the work of a range of American jazz photographers from the turn of the twentieth century through the Jazz Age and into the 1960s. Drawing on extensive archival research, Ainsworth examines jazz as a visual subject, explores its attraction to different types of photographers, and analyzes why and how they approached the subject in the ways they did. While some of the photographers are widely recognized today, the volume also explores lesser-known figures of the period-including African American photojournalists, studio photographers, early-twentieth-century emigres, and Jewish exiles of the 1930s-whose contributions are often overlooked. Informed by ideas from contemporary photographic theory and with a foreword by Darius Brubeck, Sight Readings is a wide-ranging, eye-opening new look at twentieth-century jazz photography and the people behind it.

Subject Headings: Western Art -- United States -- 1900-1945 ; Post-1945 -- Photography --

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