Item #CL191-158 [Bass Player “Jimmy” Stevenson At Piano, “Jazz Loft”, New York]. W. Eugene Smith, Amer.
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[Bass Player “Jimmy” Stevenson At Piano, “Jazz Loft”, New York]

c1962. Vintage silver gelatin photograph, estate stamp verso, 25.3 x 34.1cm. Crinkles with cracking to lower edge of image, minor dents overall.

Stamp reads “Photograph by W. Eugene Smith. This authenticated photo was in the private collection of W. Eugene Smith at the time of his death, October 15th, 1978.”

Between 1957 and 1965, Smith took about 40,000 photographs documenting jazz musicians and various underground characters in a dilapidated loft building at 821 Sixth Avenue, New York. The “Jazz Loft” attracted many notable individuals including Norman Mailer, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Salvador Dalí. One of the photographed musicians was bass player James “Jimmy” Stevenson, who also lived in the loft building. A variant image of Stevenson playing the piano was used in Smith’s 1971 exhibition in the Jewish Museum (NY). Ref: “Jazz Loft Project”, Duke University, USA.

Item #CL191-158

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