There is no better place to talk about photography and jazz than New York City, the place that is arguably the center for both. Most of Blue Notes in Black and White‘s story takes place in New York, and surely a good deal of the music’s mystique as it has been expressed in photography has to do with the allure of New York itself. Whether in Henry Luce’s Depression-era editorial offices in the Chrysler Building, the clubs on 52nd Street in the 1940s, Columbia’s old 30th Street Studios, Roy DeCarava’s Harlem, or W. Eugene Smith’s flower district loft, the story can’t be told without New York’s distinctive locales.
I always look forward to returning to the city, and I will be speaking on Blue Notes at 92Y Tribeca (200 Hudson Street) at noon on Friday, October 12. I hope to see you there. Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled.