I first knew of Art Kane as an art director and later met him as a photographer. When he decided to become a photographer he applied his design skills to do concepts within the photographic frame. He came into photography with his own very personal approach as a graphic designer and this is what made Art Kane so unique. I will never forget his photograph of Louis Armstrong in a rocking chair against a golden sunset. This was not a portrait of Armstrong, it was a portrait of his life! It was simple and wonderful and very much Art Kane’s photographic style.
Pete Turner, photographer
As a young boy, around sixteen, I discovered the photographs of Art Kane; the famous flag image, Louis Armstrong, but my personal favorite was ‘Harlem 1958’. My father was a jazz pianist so I was lucky enough to know many of the musicians photographed personally.
This particular image became one of my most important visual references throughout the years along with the work of Mr. Penn, Richard Avedon, Paul Outerbridge Jr., Drtikol and Robert Frank to name just a few.
When I moved to Paris to become a photographer in earnest I discovered the brilliant images Art Kane created for Cacharel. I quickly realized that good photography goes hand in hand with good concept and Kane was clearly the master. Not only was he an excellent story teller but technically brilliant years before Photoshop with his layered, multi-transparencies. And with his ingenious use of Kodachrome he was unparalleled and remains so to this day. He was also one of the few photographers whose body of work varied from fashion to portraiture to music. This makes him difficult to categorize and impossible to ignore which gives him a very important place in the history books.
Henry Leutwyler, photographer
Reel Art Press
Photography by Art Kane
by Jonathan Kane (Author), Holly Anderson (Author), Peter Doggett (Introduction), Michael Somoroff (Foreword)
320pp; Hardback w/slipcase;
200 colour & b/w photographs
304 x 245 mm / 12 x 10 in
BooksArt Kane’s Book
Reel Art Press
In the early 1970s, I joined Photo magazine, right when we were discovering the major American color photographers like Pete Turner, Hiro, Jay Maisel, Ernst Haas and Art Kane... Art is a particularly fascinating case. His imagination is astonishing. Each image could be an icon of...
BooksArt Kane by Jonathan Kane
Every art form has a few rare individuals who achieve a confluence of mass appeal with genuine groundbreaking art. Those special few, who reach and touch many, but who also forever change the cultural landscape, and ultimately the way their craft is practiced. 20th century music ...
BooksArt Kane by Robert Longo & Jorma Kaukonen
Art Kane has produced some of the most iconic images of our time. His photography exudes tremendous courage, addressing race, pop culture, politics, and beauty in an untraditional way. Seeing beyond the immediate medium, he opened up photography's scope. Reflecting and capturing ...
BooksArt Kane by Duane Michals
When I first came to New York as a country bumpkin Art Kane was the enfant terrible art director and later the wunderkind commercial photographer of his generation. The Art Director’s Club had announced a demonstration by leading graphic designers at one of their even...
BooksArt Kane by Jay Maisel & Graham Marsh
There are so many iconic images that Art did. I only mention one of them. It’s the one of the crumpled telegram and a black mother’s hand informing her of the death of her son. Almost everyone would have done a close up or a long shot of the women, her face, her tears...
BooksArt Kane by Gail Buckland & Julian Seddon
Art Kane was one of a handful of photographers who, from the late 1950’s onward, made fashion and music photography fun. His imagination was the territory he found most intoxicating, and he rarely saw anyone straight on - except, of course, in his famous jazz musicians grou...
BooksArt Kane by Tony Nourmand & Holly Anderson
I have always been a fan of cinema and jazz. Twenty years ago, I saw ‘A Great Day in Harlem’, the Oscar-nominated documentary that tells the story of Art Kane’s photograph ‘Harlem 1958’ . Fast forward to 2012 and we are at our first New York Book Exp...
BooksArt Kane by Jack Ward & Richard Kelly
I had the privilege of working with Art Kane at the time he switched from art direction to photography. From 1960 to 1965 he was my boss, mentor, teacher, and in many ways a father figure. It was more of an apprenticeship than being an assistant. I had a hand in everything ...
EditorialsFrom New York to Tehran
We have two special features for you this week. On Tuesday, Laurence Cornet will offer an overview of contemporary Iranian photography, and Thursday will be devoted to Art Kane, one of the most important color photographers of the ‘60s and ‘70s, completely forgotten t...
ExhibitionModena: Art Kane, Visionary at Palazzo Santa Margherita
The retrospective Art Kane. Visionary is presented at Palazzo Santa Margherita in Modena, curated by Jonathan Kane, Holly Anderson and Guido Harari, until September 20th 2015. The exhibition dedicated to Art Kane, 20 years after his death and on the 90th annivers...
EventHenry Leutwyler, Document
Henry Leutwyler is renowned for his portraits of celebrities, he has photographed the likes of Michelle Obama, Julia Roberts, Tom Wolfe, Iggy Pop, Rihanna, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese to name a few.