Dizzy Gillespie by William Ellis. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, Scotland, 1990. 18 x 12 inch poster print made on premium quality Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper.
Photographer William Ellis is widely acknowledged as having created an important document of the contemporary jazz scene.
His contribution to the culture was recognised by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City when he was invited to produce the Inaugural International Exhibition in 2005, and where he returned in 2008 to present his work in the ‘Jazz in Black and White: Bebop and Beyond’ exhibit.
William’s work has been exhibited at international festivals and galleries throught the world including ‘Modern Works on Paper’ at the Royal Academy of Arts.
His images have been used in the JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) Outreach program in the United States initiated by the Smithsonian Institution and many of his pictures are in private collections worldwide – including those of the musicians with whom he has worked.
A number of his photographs are in the permanent collections of The American Jazz Museum, Kansas City – the birth place of Charlie Parker, the ARChive of Contemporary Music, New York City and The National Portrait Gallery London respectively.
William’s insightful portraits – exemplified in his One LP Project and telling performance photographs play their part in creating the visual heritage of the international music scene.