Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff

"Francis Wolff's images of musicians at work are so relaxed and intimate that they capture the spirit not just of the moment but also the era." - Herbie Hancock





Michael Cuscuna Talks About Francis Wolff

At Blue Note recording sessions in the '50s and '60s, Francis Wolff was building an archive of great photographic value and a visual documentation of jazz history unmatched at any other record company. His ability to light, frame and capture a shot was astonishing. He had an instant with a preoccupied musician to create a magnificent portrait. His eye and his technique nailed it, usually in the first shot...not unlike the way great jazz soloists can nail a masterpiece on the first take.


Francis Wolff was born in Berlin on April 6, 1907. His lifelong passions for jazz and photography began as a teenager. READ MORE