Francis Wolff (1907 or 1908 – March 8, 1971) Francis Wolff worked for Blue Note Records in the 50′s and 60′s in a number of capacaties – as producer, accountant, executive – and as a photographer. Wolff was the fly on the wall for most of Blue Notes’ most important sessions and he took pictures of everything and everyone. His photos were used on a huge number of LP covers (the below photo being Coltranes’ Blue Train session) and are still used for the reissues of the Blue Note library.
Searching for images, I come across photos that don’t really fall into specific categories. They’re so good they can’t be ignored. I suppose I could make a post out of women getting into fancy cars but that’s a tad obscure and probably real hard to find. So instead you get gorillas w/ ropes, a still from Creature From the Black Lagoon, Big Jay McNeely playing on his back, Bowie’s mugshot, etc, etc, etc. I don’t know the photographers, I’m sure some are famous, some not. I’m pretty sure the little guy with a cat is by Dianne Arbus though.