William Claxton


William Claxton (1927-2008) was one of the greatest photographers of the jazz scene. He lived in the Los Angeles area where he began photographing jazz musicians while still a student at UCLA. In the 1950s, while in college, he helped record producer Richard Bock start the Pacific Jazz record company. He shot all the covers, and soon all the major record companies were using him. Over time he authored several books. His photography has been widely exhibited, and Afterimage Gallery presented his first Dallas show.

Mr. Claxton produced prints on 11 x 14, 16 x 20 and 20 x 24 inch paper. The 11 x 14s start at $1,500.00, the 16 x 20s at $1,700.00 and the 20 x 24s $2,000.00. Each size is an edition of 25, and their prices increase as the editions sell out. Since his recent passing, all these prices are now higher. Please e-mail or call us for exact pricing.

William Claxton's photographs are provided through the courtesy of Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles. Visit Mr. Claxton's own web site at williamclaxton.com.


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Helima and Chet Baker (Click on thumbnail to see higher pricing.)
Helima and Chet Baker,
Redondo Beach, 1955
Ornette Coleman
Ornette Coleman,
Los Angeles, 1959
Miles Davis
Miles Davis,
Los Angeles, 1956
Will Shade
Will Shade and his
Tub Bass, Memphis, 1960
Ray Charles
Ray Charles,
Hollywood, 1962
Cootie Williams
Cootie Williams,
New York, Harlem, 1960
Chet Baker's 'Ax'
Chet Baker's 'Ax' and
his 1954 Caddy, 1954
Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters,
Newport Jazz Festival, 1956
Chet Baker (Click on thumbnail to see higher pricing.)
Chet Baker,
Hollywood, 1954
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis,
New York City, 1992
Times Square (Click on thumbnail to see higher pricing.)
Times Square,
New York City, 1960
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington,
Hollywood, 1959
Dizzy Gillespie
Dizzy Gillespie,
New York City, 1960





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