A jazz fan since his teens, Guy Le Querrec has been documenting the jazz scene for decades. Says Le Querrec: “Jazz – my ears, my heart, my emotions need it. Its cadences, its rhythms… And then there’s that crucial word: to practice a photography of improvisation.” The fact is, he stays tuned into the music as he works. “I don’t cut out sound.” For that reason it has been said that his eye listens. “His indisputable success in the attempt to reveal the true intimacy of jazz is owed to his inordinate passion that borders on empathy,” points out Stéphane Ollivier in the preface to Jazz Comme Une Image, 10 Ans de Banlieues Bleue.

This contact sheet features images of the Miles David Quintet: Miles Davis (trumpet),Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Chick Corea (keyboards), Dave Holland (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums). In Paris, 1969.

Guy Le Querrec joined Magnum Photos in 1976.

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