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Famed jazz photographer to open exhibit in NYC

on Monday,October 12,2009 19:10

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Frank Stewart has been a creative photographer for nearly 50 years, combining color and black and white imagery to encapsulate places like Cuba and Cameroon, events like the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and cultural movements like jazz in Chicago and New York - images that will be on display at the Essie Green Galleries in NYC later this month.

Stewart credits his passion for the work to his mentor, renowned New York photographer Roy DeCarava.

"I moved to New York City to study with him and ended up at Cooper-Union where he was teaching," Stewart tells Jazztimes.com. "He taught a whole philosophy about how to approach a subject honestly and tell the truth. I hope I got some of that."

Stewart has been praised for his use of light and traditional - non-studio - sensibilities, though he admits to the Jazztimes that he likes to shoot color photos in digital and enjoys "playing" with his images on Photoshop.

The show, entitled Contemporary Frank Stewart, is a retrospective of Stewarts works from the past 30 years and runs from October 15 through November 5.

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