Tuesday, October 14, 2008

William Claxton (1927 - 2008)

William Claxton: Jazz Life

American photographer William Claxton (12 October 1927 - 11 October 2008) has passed away. Claxton was known for the book Jazz Life, featuring a series of photographs of noted jazz musicians he took from his travels around the USA in 1959 and 1960 with musicologist Joachim Berendt.

William Claxton was married to Peggy Moffitt, one of the iconic and often-imitated 1960s models in fashion photography and a muse to fashion designer Rudi Gernreich (1922 - 1985): Claxton's photographs of Moffitt in Gernreich's designs became world-famous.

  • The official William Claxton site
  • Obituary @ Los Angeles Times
  • Obituary @ Taschen Books

  • William Claxton's Peggy Moffitt photographs @ Expo Lounge

    William Claxton: Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich's monokini (topless swimsuit), 1964
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