Image Credits: Vladimir Korobitsyn © Sergey Savkin
Jazz and street
I am Russian, I am 58 years old, I am graduated in history and economics but, since the mid-90’s, I have been working as photographer and photo editor in different Russian magazines and newspapers.
I started to listen to Jazz in the early 1970’s thanks to Willis Conover and his radio programs. Some years later, I saw photos of Herman Leonard in one foreign magazine, I saw great portraits of my favourite musicians. As a press photographer I shot everything, from politics to sport, for the newspapers I’m working for. I started to photograph Jazz for myself, but soon musicians began to use my photos for promos, albums and posters. Musical journalists asked photos for their revues in magazines. My jazz photos were published in Jazz Journal, Downbeat, JazzTimes, Jazz Forum and others. But, for myself, I also take street photography. I was impressed by the photographs by Henry Cartier-Bresson and also by Herman Leonard.
Once I went to a jazz club to shoot a concert of the saxophonist Bill Evans and his group. Before the gig I went to say hello to the musicians and had a chat with the piano player Alex Nakhimovsky, we have been knowing each other for ages. When the gig started, one of the listeners asked me if that was the famous pianist Bill Evans, who played with the great Miles Davis. No, I replied, it’s the famous Alex Nakhimovsky; the pianist Bill Evans died many years ago, but on stage there’s the famous saxophonist Bill Evans who also played with the great Miles Davis.
Nowadays, I see that many young photographers think they are the main figures in concerts, they stand in front of the listeners, they shoot with flash, they make a lot of noise by disturbing and annoying musicians. A photographer must respect audience and musicians.
Canon, at this moment it’s EOS 5 mark IV, and I think it’s a great camera for my work. The silent mode is excellent for shooting during concerts. Also low-light performance is really improved in comparison with cameras we used 10-15 years ago.
I photographed many musicians who played with Miles Davis, but I hadn’t the chance to photograph him, he never visited my Country. I’d also wish to take photos of Keith Jarrett and listen to him live. However, I know that he doesn’t like photographers. I promise I’ll try to be invisible and inaudible during his concert.