When an exhibition of photographs of Jazz is prepared, the selection criteria can easily drift towards extreme images which the great technical advances of today's digital photography allow us. Thanks to these advances, we are managing to capture ,even in minimal lighting conditions, close-ups previously unheard-of, every detail and extremely high definition textures. The problem with this , at least in my opinion, may reside in the fact that this great leap forward might place us too close to the scene, to the point of blurring and losing the context of Jazz.
I think, besides the eternal debate about what is established Jazz and what is not, we can all agree that Jazz is an experience in which diverse individuals give form and content to something new, as a practically inseparable collective. To dissect it down to its bare minimums would be to almost destroy it. Similarly, photographing it exclusively through a keyhole would break the bonds of the collective that has emerged. To avoid this, sometimes it may be necessary not to forget to widen the frame, broaden the perspective and context so the main subject of the photo is ,in other words, these very same connections.
I have kept all of this in mind while considering and presenting "Jazz for Two". As a set of mutual glances, inferred and explicit dialogues, contrasts and complicity that occur in the scene. Trying to stress the relationship between the performers, in that instant that goes beyond the mere sum of characters and gives form to a "Jazz for two" in which the "two" is also for Jazz. As in the old song by Youmans and Caesar, which has become one of the most classic jazz standards:
” Just tea for twoand two for teaJust me for youand you for me ...alone ”
Translation Kevin Connolly
L'exposition est visualisable dans le détail sur le site Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jose_horna/sets/72157644753859929/
Un livre-catalogue de l'exposition ajoute 13 photos supplémentaires sur le même
sujet. On peut le trouver : http://www.blurb.es/b/5383322-jazz-for-two
Site de Jose Horna: http://www.jazzografias.com/
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