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Jazz Photo Exhibit in Newark

“Stolen Moments,” an exhibition of photographs of jazz musicians by photographer Fran Kaufman, is on view at the WBGO Gallery in Newark, NJ, now through January 30. The photos, dating back to 1996, show musicians mostly at unguarded moments-backstage, in the recording studio, preparing for their gigs. A photo of violinist Regina Carter and vocalist Carla Cook catches them as they prepare for Carter’s wedding in Detroit. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut is seen as he finishes up a session in the Steinway showroom; and the members of Trio da Paz are captured in a casual environment, rehearsing on a patio in the Caribbean with vibraphonist Stefon Harris.

There are close to 50 images in the exhibition, selected from Kaufman’s archive of black and white photos.

Artist Bio:

Fran Kaufman worked for almost 30 years in Marketing and Public Relations. For more than 20 of these years, she was Vice President of Public Affairs, for The Children’s Television Workshop, producers of Sesame Street and other award-winning television programs and products for young children. Since leaving that field, she has devoted herself to documenting her life-long passion in jazz music. For the past three years she has been contributing photographer of Hothouse Jazz Magazine, where her monthly column, “A Moment You Missed” appears. An exhibition of her photographs, curated by Danny Simmons, was mounted earlier this year at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). In addition to her documentary photography, she photographs for CD covers and liner notes. As the official photographer of The Jazz Cruise, she has just produced a book of black and white photographs that will be distributed later this month.

Visit WBGO and Frank Kaufman for more information.

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