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Jazz Fever Photography

It’s a long way for Americans to travel just to stand around and look at blurry images of jazz legends, but London’s Luke & A. Gallery of Modern Art will host an exhibit of Francine Winham’s jazz photography beginning Nov. 12 and lasting until the end of the month.

It’s true, some of these images are blurry, but Winham wanted it that way. At the center of the New York jazz scene in the 1960s and ’70s, Winham used her signature “fever” technique to capture slightly blurred close-ups of Ella Fitzgerald (pictured), Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, John Coltrane as they played on the Gate or the Vanguard stage. She would simply hold the shot still for half a second and then move the camera, which created a blurred free-form image that she felt mirrored the dynamic

improvisation of the performer. The technique was later imitated on jazz record covers and in magazines.

The gallery is located at 4 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1. For more information, visit

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