Art Kane was one of the most profoundly influential photographers of the twentieth century. A bold visionary, his work explored a number of genres – fashion, editorial, celebrity portraiture, travel, and nudes – with an unrelenting and innovative eye. Like his contemporaries, Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) and Helmut Newton (1924-2004), Kane developed a style that didn’t shy away from strong colour, eroticism and surreal humour.
Sixty years ago, in 1958, Kane assembled the greatest legends in jazz and shot what became his most famous image, Harlem 1958. In the 1960s and 1970s, he photographed, among others, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Janis Joplin, The Doors, and Bob Dylan. While the battle for civil rights and the Vietnam War raged, Kane was refining a conscientious response to the period with his editorial work that was powerfully accessible and populist in its desire to communicate to a large audience. This is the first time Kane’s work has been collected into one, breathtaking volume. Beautifully curated, it is a fitting tribute to one of photography’s most original and creative forces.
Jonathan Kane, Art Kane’s son, is a drummer and composer known for his contributions to New York’s downtown music scene. He is also a photographer and photo editor. NYC poet and lyricist Holly Anderson’s work is in library collections at MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, and many more.
320pp; Hardback; 304 x 245 mm / 12 x 10 in.
200 colour & b/w photographs