Thames & Hudson; 1 edition
Less a review, more a recommendation – though sometimes one exist for exactly the other – this book of Billie Holiday photographs is a must-see/read for fans of the singer, the era; for fans of beautiful black and white photography.
These studies – exhumed from a previously unseen archive – were taken across one week. Holiday was in Newark, New Jersey for a set of shows at the nightclub Sugar Hill. Photojournalist Jerry Dantzic spent the week observing and capturing Holiday; performance shots, sure. But the best moments here are the candid snaps, Billie doing the dishes backstage, playing with her young godson, looking with love at her pet chihuahua.
The images are amazing, the majority previously unpublished.
And the opening contextual essay is a reflection by author and essayist Zadie Smith. It’s worth reading this at the start – and then again at the end. Worth taking some time out to consider this as just a piece of writing separate from the images.
And these images of course are wonderful. A great gift idea for the jazz fan in your life. And if that’s you then this would make one of the best coffee-table books you could own.
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