In Passing: Frank Driggs, Collector of Jazz Photos, Dies at 81

In Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector on September 26, 2011 at 9:34 am

Marilyn Yee

The NY Times carries  an article of note on the passing of  renowned jazz photograph collector: Frank Driggs.

In a series of bulging file cabinets in his Greenwich Village home, Mr. Driggs tenderly kept nearly 100,000 images, alphabetized by subject. To open any drawer was to be immersed in a world of spats, smoke and speakeasies, a world in which musicians routinely went on tour packing pistols to protect themselves from highway brigands.

His files groaned with the famous (more than 1,500 pictures of Duke Ellington, more than 500 of Count Basie), but they did not slight the obscure, including Countess Johnson, a vibrant Kansas City pianist who died young, of tuberculosis, in 1939.

For more : NY Times

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