Jazz Photography of Francis Wolff

John Coltrane Blue Train Session



John Coltrane: Blue Train

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