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Rest in Peace Ornette Coleman by William Claxton / Ornette Coleman, Los Angeles, 1959

William Claxton, Spike Lee, New York, 1989

Spike Lee scrutinizing W. Claxton’s shots of Denzel Washington, to be used in promoting the film ‘Mo Better Blues’. Captured by William Claxton

Monk in San Francisco, about to record for Riverside and accompanied by a mirthful Pannonica de Koenigswarter, popsicle and SF Chronicle in hand. Wonder what Monk has just said? William Claxton photo

Monk in San Francisco, about to record for Riverside and accompanied by a mirthful Pannonica de Koenigswarter, popsicle and SF Chronicle in hand. Wonder what Monk has just said?

Design and photo: William Claxton (Russ Freeman Trio, Pacific Jazz  LP 1953)

Design and photo: William Claxton (Russ Freeman Trio, Pacific Jazz LP

Dexter Gordon. Jazz Saxophonist.

Dexter Gordon. Jazz Saxophonist.

1964. Model Peggy Moffitt in Rudy Gernreich cut-out bathing suit. Photo by husband William Claxton (B1927-D2008)

With her Vidal Sassoon 'five point' haircut and Kabuki make-up, Californian model Peggy Moffitt was a Swinging Sixties icon and muse to designer Rudi Gernreich. When Gernreich died, he willed the legal rights to his designs to Moffitt.

William "Bill" Claxton (1927-2008) was one of the greatest photographers of the jazz scene.

William "Bill" Claxton was one of the greatest photographers of the jazz scene.

[William Claxton, 1960]                                                                                                                                                                                 Plus

Rudi Gernreich

'The Rudi Gernreich book'. Cover featuring Peggy Moffitt, photo by her husband William Claxton.

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