[Davis, Miles. (1926–1991) & Mulligan, Gerry. (1927–1996)] Goldblatt, Burt. (1924–2006)

Three Original Contact Sheets

Three original contact sheets by photographer Burt Goldblatt, with a total of 23 rare images of jazz musicians Miles Davis and Gerry Mulligan. Two of the three sheets show candid portraits of Davis, who is seen playing, reading a magazine, and checking on a houseplant, as well as in several reflective poses; the third sheet shows Mulligan onstage with Miles and several other horn players, and the two talking backstage. Two of the sheets stamped on the verso; one with some markings to the images. Overall very good to fine. 8 x 10 inches (20.2 x 25.3 cm) and 8.5 x 11 inches (21.5 x 28 cm).

Photographer, designer and author Burt Goldblatt is best-known for designing the covers of jazz albums. Among those he captured on record covers were Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Charles Mingus. A regular visitor to jazz clubs, he often visited musicians at work to photograph them, and was well-known by jazz musicians. The New York Times wrote that his style "encompassed black-and-white portraits and studio photographs, inspired by film noir, as well as gritty street scenes, often abstractly overlaid with flat colors, evoking a sense of urban night life. Expressionistic line drawings of performers in action were also in vogue." (17475)

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