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David Sinclair Jazz Photography, Royal Albert Hall

Retrospective exhibition of one of Europe’s most highly collected jazz and music photographers

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November sees the Royal Albert Hall stage an exhibition of photographer ‘s iconic images from the pantheon of modern jazz greats.

As part of the London Jazz Festival, the exhibition will showcase around 100 of Sinclair’s most popular photographs taken over the past twenty-five years in London’s various music venues from clubs to arenas, including the Royal Albert Hall. The exhibition will include photographs of a number of artists playing in this year’s festival.

SONNY ROLLINS. at Barbican, 30/4/04. by David Sinclair

Starting with film photography at Ronnie Scott’s and at the Bull’s Head in Barnes from 1990, David Sinclair is one of Europe’s most highly collected jazz and music photographers. An industry stalwart, his work has appeared regularly in the UK and internationally, in print, on CD covers, and in jazz books and publications.

The quality of many of his photographs is all the more remarkable considering his physical disabilities. With both legs damaged by tuberculosis, he requires a walking stick at all times. Where other photographers are able to change position, kneel, and move around, Sinclair has turned physical limitation to artistic advantage by optimising the use of light and picture composition thus capturing the moment and portraying in his own style the unique world of jazz clubs.

With a pre- and post-digital archive that consists of over 50,000 images of more than 5000 artists in performance, rehearsal and backstage, Sinclair’s photographs often reflect close relationships developed with the performers. A selection of images can be viewed at www.sinclairjazz.com

Exhibition Opening Times

Saturday 14 November: 10am – 4pm
Sunday 15 November: 11am – 3pm
Friday 20 November: 10am – 4pm
Saturday 21 November: 10am – 1pm
Sunday 22 November: 10am – 1pm
Saturday 28 November: 10am – 4pm

Exhibition entry is free of charge.

Royal Albert Hall

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