Excellent guide to the photographer’s ebullient music and fashion work.
Reproduced faithfully here is Art Kane’s most famous photo. A Great Day in Harlem features 57 jazz musicians gathered on the steps of a Harlem brownstone in the style of a school photo. It was taken in 1958 for Esquire magazine and captures Kane’s outside-of-the-box thinking; no one before or since captured the golden age of jazz so vividly. Kane continued to create great visual moments: in 1967 he captured Aretha Franklin with halos (a trick of the light) in her eyes; in ’68, inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson, he caught The Who asleep under the Union flag at the bottom of the Karl Shurz monument in New York City’s Morningside Park; that same year he took Jefferson Airplane in Plexiglass boxes by the East River. These, plus iconic portraits of Jim Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Cream, Bob Dylan et al, make up this fine photo album.