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Photographers: Francis Wolff

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.

John Coltrane

Miles Davis

Baby Face Willette

Sonny Rollins

Herbie Hancock


Philly Joe Jones

Coltrane and Lee Morgan

Thelonius Monk

Sonny Rollins

Max Roach


Photography: Misc. Black/White

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.