The ARChive of Contemporary Music is pleased to present its first gallery exhibition by British photographer William Ellis. The exhibition offers 50 portraits of musicians holding one of their favorite albums. The above portrait is of Jack Bruce with his copy of Olivier Messiaen’s L’Ascension.
Friday Sept 19 – Friday Oct 3
Each portrait is accompanied by a short interview that explores the album’s meaning and value for the subject, often offering a profound insight into influences and deep connections with the music of other artists. In some instances the record chosen sets the course of the musician’s life. Unique to this exhibit will be QR codes linking selected portraits to these interviews and audio.
Renowned Jazz photographer Herman Leonard has said of Ellis’ work, “beautiful images — glad to see someone younger has the eye.”
As you frolic over the Labor Day Holiday please mark you calendars, the free gallery exhibition open to the general public Friday Sept 19 – Friday Oct 3. Daily 11am – 5pm. Closed Sundays. ARC members and invited guests (do contact us if you’d like to attend) can attend the opening night viewing and party Thursday evening, Sept 18, from 5 – 9pm.
Special event: At the opening night party Mr. Ellis will take portraits of six lucky guests holding their favorite LP that they can choose from the ARChive’s collection. These portraits will be $100, the fee generously donated by Mr. Ellis to benefit the ARChive. You can reserve your portrait, first come, first served, by sending us an e-mail or giving us a call.
About One LP: “This concept came about as a result of many conversations with musicians and a desire on my part to find a way of recording the narrative between the people I was speaking with about music they love. I feel this is a compelling insight into how this music often sets out the course of their lives. The project is ongoing and now encompasses those involved in many aspects of the arts.”
About William Ellis: William Ellis was born in Liverpool in 1957 and is at the vanguard of music photographers, widely recognized as having created an important document of the world’s contemporary jazz scene. Ellis’ insightful portraits, telling performance and exquisite still life images play their part in creating the visual heritage of today’s international music scene.
Mr. Ellis’ work is in the collection of Great Britain’s National Portrait Gallery has been exhibited at festivals and galleries in the U.K., including The Royal Academy of Arts London, and internationally in Amsterdam, Bremen, Cape Town, Havana, Hong Kong, The Hague, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Toronto and Utrecht. He produced the Inaugural International Exhibition at the American Jazz Museum in 2005, Kansas City, MO and in 2008 presented the ‘Jazz in Black and White: Bebop and Beyond’ exhibit. His images are in many private collections and have been used in the JAM (Jazz Appreciation Month) Outreach program in the United States initiated by the Smithsonian Institution.
- For publication and listings: One LP Gallery Exhibition by British Photographer William Ellis
- Where: ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White Street, ground floor
- Opening invitation only event: Thursday evening, Sept 18, 5 – 9pm
- Exhibition dates and hours: Friday Sept 19 – Friday Oct 3. Daily 11am – 5pm. Closed Sundays. Free.
- Directions: ARC is three short blocks south of Canal Street, between Broadway & Church St in Tribeca. Take the #1 train to Franklin, or any train to Canal.
- Contact: Bob George @ ARC 212-226-6967 / William Ellis, UK +44 7711 886664 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Press: Hi-resolution photos are available upon request for publication. Please spec.