All that Jazz

Photography, especially news photography is a lot like Jazz. There is a formula to Jazz. Basically, it contains a theme and musicians improvise around that theme. In news photography we often have to cover events that we’ve covered before.

Like the improvisation in Jazz, photojournalists look for new ways to photograph whatever the event is. It’s like riffing on a theme. In the music, where the basic cord structure remains, things like rhythm and melody can be ad-libbed.

Similarly, in photography the event itself may be unchanged or little changed for previous years, a photographer can look for different angles or lighting or they can use a different lens that they may have sued before.

Today is International Jazz Day. In recognition of the day I’ve posted photos of Jazz performers that I’ve shot over the years.


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