Norman Seeff – The Look of Sound

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Norman Seeff – The Look of Sound
Publisher: Kehrer, 2014
Hardcover, 240 pages, English/German
Size: 22x24cm
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Norman Seeff was born in 1939 in South Africa. After studying medicine, he emigrated to the USA in the late 1960s, where he began working as a photographer, at first with little success. After making friends with Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, and photographing Andy Warhol, however, he quickly became a star of the photography scene. Seeff subsequently made a career for himself in Los Angeles as art director for United Artists and the jazz label Blue Note. He created penetrating and memorable portraits of Jonny Cash, Ray Charles, Miles Davis, the Rolling Stones, Steve Jobs, Frank Zappa, and Zubin Mehta – just to name a few of the many celebrities who sat for him. Rock’n’roll, blues, jazz, or new wave: his pictures burst with spontaneous vitality and give us deep insights into the culture of photography and music in the 1960s to the 1980s. In this first major monograph, we witness how Norman Seeff captured artists on film, in their private surroundings, or at the studio. They look out at us with open and curious gazes, revealing the many facets of their personalities.

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