9 July – 31 August 2019
Vernissage 15 July, 5pm – 7pm

in celebration of
The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

John Claridge is renowned for his long and prolific career in black and white street photography and portraiture, especially in the Gorbals, London’s East End and Soho, and ambitious, often glamorously exotic shoots for ad campaigns during the golden age of advertising in the 70s, 80s and 90s. This is his first solo exhibition in Scotland.

Claridge started buying jazz records aged 13, and it remained a lifetime obsession. 20 years later, Claridge set up a darkroom in his flat on Frith Street in Soho, above the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and began shooting the Jazz Musicians series. Prints include portraits of Kenny Burrell, George Coleman and Pharoah Sanders as well as Ronnie Scott himself and a rare Series 1 AP print of Claridge’s famous portrait of Chet Baker.

Le Roi Fou will be showing prints from two series of Claridge’s work, Lost Jazz and Jazz Musicians. Lost Jazz is a collection of graphic epitaphs to departed jazz heroes, including epitaphs to Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and Clifford Brown.

Image: John Claridge
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