I first knew of Art Kane as an art director and later met him as a photographer. When he decided to become a photographer he applied his design skills to do concepts within the photographic frame. He came into photography with his own very personal approach as a graphic designer and this is what made Art Kane so unique. I will never forget his photograph of Louis Armstrong in a rocking chair against a golden sunset. This was not a portrait of Armstrong, it was a portrait of his life! It was simple and wonderful and very much Art Kane’s photographic style.
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