Photographer Bob Douglas’s 1940s–1990s career illustrates the race-based constraints experienced by African American photographers. Analyses of his images of jazz performers bring to light his rapport with the musicians and his sensitivity to their music and the differences between his practice and from that of white jazz photographers. His oeuvre is an important contribution to the history of both jazz and photography.
“A Private Passion”: The Jazz Photography of Bob Douglas
Alan John Ainsworth was awarded a PhD by the University of Warwick in 1977. Alongside running a professional architectural photography practice, Alan has published books, articles, and reviews on architecture and design, and has exhibited widely. His recent books include New City: Contemporary Architecture in the City of London (with Alec Forshaw) (2013), The Barbican: Architecture and Light (2015) and Brussels Art Nouveau: Architecture and Design (with Alec Forshaw). In the field of jazz studies he has recently published articles on early New Orleans band photography and photographic advertising in the jazz press of the 1930s and 1940s. He is currently completing a book on American twentieth-century jazz photography.
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Alan John Ainsworth; “A Private Passion”: The Jazz Photography of Bob Douglas. Southern California Quarterly 1 August 2019; 101 (3): 317–338. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2019.101.3.317
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