“The Jazz Loft Project” Exhibition Opens at the Center for Creative Photography

White Rose Bar sign from fourth-floor window of 821 Sixth Avenue. Photograph by W. Eugene Smith.

The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965an award-winning multimedia exhibition of photographs, videos, and recordings of some of the jazz world’s greatest musicians and underground jam session artists, will be presented at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson from Friday, December 14, 2012, through Sunday, March 10, 2013. The exhibition was produced as part of a decade-long project at the Center for Documentary Studies, and was co-curated by Jazz Loft Project director Sam Stephenson and CDS exhibitions director Courtney Reid-Eaton.

The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957–1965
December 14, 2012–March 10, 2013
Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona
1030 North Olive Road, Tucson, Arizona 

 

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, famed photographer W. Eugene Smith lived and worked in a New York loft building with an amazing list of visitors – jazz musicians, filmmakers, writers, and artists, among others. In photographs and audio recordings—he wired the building like a recording studio—he documented an era, as well as rare moments with Thelonious Monk, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, Norman Mailer, Salvador Dali, and many others.

In addition to the exhibition, the Jazz Loft Project includes a critically-acclaimed book by Sam Stephenson, The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965 (Alfred A. Knopf), a ten-part radio series produced by WNYC and the Center for Documentary Studies, and a multimedia website. Read more about the Jazz Loft Project here.

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