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Frank Stewart

Wynton Marsalis, 1991

(From the Sweet Swing Series)

Black-and-white photograph

15" x 15"


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Wynton Marsalis

Harlem is a favorite subject of photographer, photojournalist, and curator Frank Stewart. In a tradition similar to that of Harlem Renaissance photographer James VanDerZee, Stewart's lens captures the variety of Harlem's residents–young and old, rich and poor.

In 1991, as part of his Sweet Swing Series, Stewart photographed jazz trumpet master Wynton Marsalis. Stewart's image of Marsalis both recalls the history of Harlem as America's great jazz mecca and captures an intimate glimpse of this renowned contemporary musician preparing himself and his instrument before a performance.  T. F.

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