jazzing things up …

part of Gene Krupa portrait by Gjon Mili

Toronto. Any of you who also like jazz are familiar with Gene Krupa. In a brief video by the Morgan Library and Museum in New Zealand, Joel Smith, explains why three action portraits of people in the public eye capture their spirit .

I chose Gene Krupa by the Life photographer Gjon Mili for this post. As a youth I listened to an amazing solo performed on record by Krupa. He is shown here drumming – a massive series of electronic speed light flashes record him as his drum sticks hit the drum head.

We thank my good friend, George Dunbar, for sourcing this 3 minute video and sharing it with us so we can see how some photographers capture the ‘essence’ of a celebrity in a portrait.

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