Sunday, November 24, 2013

Another Age

For the last couple of weeks it has rained here in Reggio Emilia almost continually. So it has been impossible to get out and about to do any photography.

Going through a backup CD I found these pictures that I took in the 90’s mostly for the Teatro Municipale, Reggio Emilia.

Photographs from another world, TMax 400 film pushed to 1600ASA, taken in another Italy where a provincial theatre could afford the best names in Jazz and classical music.

How things have changed. I gave up on film based photography because it became impossible to find easily the paper to print on, and chemicals to develop film and paper. Digital is so much more convenient in every way, but photographically there is nothing I like better than a well printed black and white print.

The lenses I used were al manual focus, with the exposure estimated by my experience of theatre lighting levels.  The prints were “photoshopped ” using my hands to mask and burn in certain areas of the print during exposure in the darkroom.     

Elvin Jones

Joe Henderson

Han Bennik

Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny

Jan Garbarak
Jan Garbarak

Ornette Coleman

Michael Brecker

Sonny Rollins
Wynton Marsalis

John McLaughlin

Naná Vasconcelos

Eberhard Weber

John Surman

I loved photographing the conductors at classical music concerts from a position perpendicular to the stage. One of my favourite conductors was Riccardo Chailly whose facial expressions during a concert are incredible to watch.

Riccardo Chailly

Riccardo Chailly

Riccardo Chailly

Claudio Abbado

Gianandrea Gavazzeni

Lorin Varencove Maazel
Giuseppe Sinopoli


  1. Wonderful photos of truly great musicians, Nigel - bravo!

  2. Wow it must have been incredible to watch these Jazzmen perform live, let alone photograph them. Truly a different time. Thanks for sharing - Bisonbison