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Sepp Werkmeister. Photographs 1965 - 1975

Sepp Werkmeister made his name as a leading jazz photographer of the 1960s and ‘70s. Traveling to the biggest and best concerts and festivals, he became a fixture in the community and counted among his subjects Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Oscar Peterson, among many others. Many of Werkmeister’s photographs were taken in New York City, home—then as now—to a thriving jazz scene.

While most photography and music enthusiasts will be familiar with Werkmeister’s photographs of jazz greats, the Munich-born photographer’s New York cityscapes—captured during the same period—remain an underappreciated pocket of activity. Presenting more than ninety full-color photographs from the photographer’s archives, New York places Werkmeister’s work in a wider context. The book collects Werkmeister’s well-loved photographs of the city’s jazz scene, but it also shows the photographer seeking to convey a panoramic view of the city—from the wealthy and well-heeled of urban society to the homeless and hopeless in rubbish-strewn alleyways.

New York is the first publication devoted to Werkmeister’s New York cityscapes, and it restores this little-known treasure of history and photography.

256 pages | 95 color plates | 6 x 9 1/2 | © 2015

Art: Photography

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Sepp Werkmeister spent the 1960s and '70s photographing jazz luminaries like Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, which meant he spent an awful lot of time traipsing around New York. So he started taking photos between performances, too, capturing the streets of Harlem, the East Village, and Times Square, along with their inhabitants. Those cityscapes can be seen together for the first time in New York: Sepp Werkmeister. Covering 1965 to 1975, they show just how much New York can change in a decade.”

New York magazine, "The Cut"

“Street style fills our feeds with endless snaps from photographers hitting the streets at fashion weeks and the like. . . . There’s one name (besides Bill Cunningham) that takes us back to when it first began. Meet renowned jazz photographer Sepp Werkmeister, who first shot performances with icons such as Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis. In the midst of all that jazz, Werkmeister turned his camera to the streets of NYC capturing the people of Harlem, the East Village, and Times Square.”

High Snobiety

Table of Contents

Ulrich Pohlmann

Amerikanisches Alphabet
Fritz J. Raddatz


Ulrich Pohlmann

An American Alphabet
Fritz J. Raddatz 

Annelie Knoblauch

Annelie Knoblauch

Fotografien in Publikationen
Photographs in Publications

Schallplatten-und CD-Cover
Record and CD Covers



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