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John Coltrane and Ben Webster, New York

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Roy DeCarava, John Coltrane and Ben Webster, New York, 1960 (negative); 1983 (print), gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund, © artist or other rights holder, 87.23.3

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Title

John Coltrane and Ben Webster, New York

Artist

Roy DeCarava (American, 1919-2009)

Date

1960 (negative); 1983 (print)

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 10 in x 13 1/16 in; sheet: 11 in x 14 in

Inscriptions & Markings

date, signature: "© 1983 Roy DeCARAVA", grey ink, LR

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund

Accession Number

87.23.3

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

gelatin silver prints

musicians

photographs

portraits

Description

Roy DeCarava, best known for his stark images of African American life in Harlem during the mid-twentieth century, created a series of photographs documenting musicians and jazz culture during the 1950s and 1960s. Not content to capture dynamic artists in static poses, DeCarava instead sought to express the mood of jazz through nontraditional portraits. This gestural photograph of renowned tenor saxophone players John Coltrane and Ben Webster, likely taken while the men were on tour together in 1960, demonstrates the close musical and personal relationship they shared.

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