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Some of the Chuck Stewart photos on display across Franklin St from SFJAZZ Center

Photography of

Chuck Stewart

Among the most distinguished photographers of the 20th century, Chuck Stewart captured indelible images chronicling the arts and popular culture from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Starting June 19, 2021, the SFUSD building opposite SFJAZZ will display the timeless jazz photography of Chuck Stewart.

Soul And Essence: The Jazz Photography of Chuck Stewart (On the Corner)

Curated by Jim Goldberg, SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate

Images courtesy of Chuck Stewart Photography, LLC/Fireball Entertainment Group

Exhibit by SFJAZZ in association with the San Francisco Unified School District

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Chuck Stewart

(1927-2017)

Born in Texas and raised in Arizona, Stewart received his first camera for his 13th birthday. The day after receiving the camera, he photographed the legendary opera vocalist Marian Anderson during her visit to Tucson and sold copies of the images, kick-starting his professional career as one of the preeminent cultural photographers of his generation. 

Earning a BFA from Ohio University, Stewart partnered with the iconic jazz photographer Herman Leonard to chronicle the explosive New York jazz scene of the 1950s, establishing his own studio in 1956 when Leonard moved to Europe. 

Stewart shot more than 2000 album covers for Verve, Riverside, Chess, Argo, Reprise, Impulse!, and Mercury Records, and documented the recording sessions for John Coltrane’s masterwork A Love Supreme in December 1964 — historic photos that were inducted into the Smithsonian and honored by George Washington University. 

Stewart won innumerable awards over his career, and a compilation of his work, Chuck Stewart’s Jazz Files, was published in 1991.

Chuck Stewart

(1927-2017)

Born in Texas and raised in Arizona, Stewart received his first camera for his 13th birthday. The day after receiving the camera, he photographed the legendary opera vocalist Marian Anderson during her visit to Tucson and sold copies of the images, kick-starting his professional career as one of the preeminent cultural photographers of his generation. 

Earning a BFA from Ohio University, Stewart partnered with the iconic jazz photographer Herman Leonard to chronicle the explosive New York jazz scene of the 1950s, establishing his own studio in 1956 when Leonard moved to Europe. 

Stewart shot more than 2000 album covers for Verve, Riverside, Chess, Argo, Reprise, Impulse!, and Mercury Records, and documented the recording sessions for John Coltrane’s masterwork A Love Supreme in December 1964 — historic photos that were inducted into the Smithsonian and honored by George Washington University. 

Stewart won innumerable awards over his career, and a compilation of his work, Chuck Stewart’s Jazz Files, was published in 1991.

The Jazz Photography Of

Chuck Stewart

SFJAZZ announces the unveiling of a new public photography installation on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from legendary photographer Chuck Stewart. The 31 large-scale black-and-white photographs are placed in the outward facing windows of the vacant San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) building across the street from the SFJAZZ Center on Franklin Street at Fell Street in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Journalist and critic Marcus Crowder tells the story behind the iconic photographer and this new installation.

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The Jazz Photography Of

Chuck Stewart

SFJAZZ announces the unveiling of a new public photography installation on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from legendary photographer Chuck Stewart. The 31 large-scale black-and-white photographs are placed in the outward facing windows of the vacant San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) building across the street from the SFJAZZ Center on Franklin Street at Fell Street in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Journalist and critic Marcus Crowder tells the story behind the iconic photographer and this new installation.

Read the Blog

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