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The Jazz Image Seeing Music through Herman Leonard’s Photography
This is another work examining the crossover between jazz and culture, and more particularly the medium of photography. Leonard’s photographs expose the real life moments of jazz but one point that Pinson raises is that people can read all sorts into a photograph, and once they have done so it can lead to multitudes recognising the same things about that photograph, and largely, jazz itself is branded as such. Or so it would seem, looking at the history of archetypal images created around jazz. Once she has finished singing Leonard’s praises at length with interesting histories of hid apprenticeship in photography, Pinson evaluates the ‘image’ of jazz, and tears apart the stereotypical picture (which brings the cartoon medium to mind) of a cool old black man with shades and a sax, smoking. She is incredible well-informed on all matters of jazz in the context of visual culture, and her statements are written and backed up with style. The body of each chapter in dense with references and nods to scholars, ‘jazzers’ and iconic stages of the history of jazz. Buy this book!