Dennis Stock - Plaisir du Jazz

  • Guild of the Book, Editions Clairefontaine, 1959
  • 1st Edition

This groundbreaking backstage look at the world of jazz, with 130 black-and-white photogravures of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others. Magnum photographer Dennis Stock, whose work was honored in a 1977 retrospective at the International Center of Photography, offers an intimate, "unsentimentalized look at the men and women of jazz," a contemporary classic that broke the mold of jazz photography. Plaisir du Jazz (The Pleasuure of Jazz) features behind-the-scenes images of Miles Davis, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Lester Young and others: with an incomparable glimpse into the "essentially vagrant and avant-garde" world of jazz, capturing "all there is to say of Louis Armstrong... the sardonic posture of Billie Holiday... [and] the face of Coleman Hawkins as he regards his saxophone... It is the look of a man about to do battle with an adversary-beloved, but still an adversary" (New York Times). Text in French by Michel-Claude Jalard. Scarce first edition, preceding the American version, Jazz Street, by one year. Issued without dust jacket.

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