Jazz Portraits

Photographs by Jan Henn

Art Blakey
Albert Mangelsdorff
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Dizzy Gillespie
Carla Bley
Don Cherry

© Jan Henn / bildkultur 2006

The exhibition

Jazz Portraits

Photographs by Jan Henn

"Photography is jazz for the eye."
William Claxton

No snapshots just before the concert or during the first set. No candid pictures of unguarded moments. Instead, Jan Henn arranges a studio: neutral background, suitable lighting, and the camera. No easy feat at most concerts and festivals, but hardly anyone refused his request to pause for a moment and look into the camera. Over the years there emerged a gallery of jazz masters, deliberately concentrated upon their faces.

Black and white portraits, without effects, without props. No colors to distract from the message of the photographs, of the faces, and of the histories written on them, or hidden within.

bildkultur presents this collection as an exhibition of 50 portraits.

50 Fine-Art prints on Baryt-Paper,
400 mm x 500 mm
Wooden frames

The Book
Jan Putfarcken – Jazz Portraits

with German / English texts by
Michael Naura and Mike Zwerin
100 pictures, B/W
Nieswand-Verlag, Kiel
ISBN 3926048409

© Jan Henn-Putfarcken / bildkultur 2001

The portraits


Monty Alexander
Art Blakey
Carla Bley
Lester Bowie
Cecil Bridgewater
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Peter Brötzmann
Marion Brown
Ray Brown
Dave Brubeck
Rainer Brüninghaus
Dave Burell
Gary Burton
Philipp Catherine
Don Cherry
Billy Cobham
Junior Cook
Chick Corea
Jack DeJohnette
Al DiMeola
Herb Ellis
Curtis Fuller
Chico Freemann
Jan Gabarek
Herb Geller
Stan Getz
Dizzy Gillespie
Egberto Gismonti
Urbie Green
Al Grey
Dick Griffin
Johnny Griffin
Trilok Gurtu
Charlie Haden
Lionel Hampton
Herbie Hancock
Gene Harris
Roy Haynes
Percy Heath
Joe Henderson
Billy Higgins
Dave Holland
Freddie Hubbard
Mill Jackson
Howard Johnson
Elvin Jones
Virgil Jones
Connie Kay
Lee Konitz
Peter Kowald
Joachim Kühn
John Lewis
Abbey Lincoln
Albert Mangelsdorff
Herbie Mann
Charlie Mariano
Branford Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Lyle Mays
Les McCann
John McLaughlin
Pat Metheny
Palle Mikkelborg
Red Mitchell
Tete Montollu
Glen Moore
Airto Moreira
Paul Motian
Alphonse Mouzon
Gerry Mulilgan
David Murray
Tony Oxley
Joe Pass
Gary Peacock
Astor Piazzolla
Michel Portal
Dino Saluzzi
Pharoah Sanders
George Shearing
Archie Shepp
Wayne Shorter
Sun Ra
Steve Swallow
Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Cecil Taylor
Ed Thigpen
Gary Thomas
Barbara Thompson
Mel Tormé
McCoy Tyner
Jasper van´t Hof
Nana Vasconcelos
Miroslav Vitous
Eberhard Weber
Kenny Wheeler
Eugene Wright
Joe Zawinul

The artist

Jan Henn

Jan Henn was born in Hamburg in 1962. Photography studies in Berlin were followed by 5 years as photo assistant in Hamburg and New York. In addition to numerous publications, including in Tempo and Vogue, his works have been shown in group and solo exhibitions.

Jan Henn lives and works in Hamburg. The series Jazz Portraits won the Hasselblad Fine Art Contest, received honours from the Reinhart-Wolf-Stiftung, and was published as a book by Nieswand Verlag, Kiel.