The Sound of My Soul: Frank Stewart's Life in Jazz



The Sound of
My Soul

The Sound of My Soul: Frank Stewart's Life in Jazz

The Sound of My Soul

Fall 2019


The Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art presents a thorough retrospective of the jazz photography of Frank Stewart for our Fall exhibition, curated by Ruth Fine. Frank Stewart’s deep investigation of his African American roots through music, coupled with his intimate back- and on-stage access, offer a rich view of the jazz world via a post-modern vision that is firmly rooted in diverse artistic traditions. Jazz legends and younger stars -- Miles Davis, Ellis Marsalis, Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson, Etienne Charles, and Cécile McLorin Salvant among them -- are featured in eighty photographs. They include gelatin silver prints and large-size digital compositions created since 1973 by Stewart, lead photographer for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the 2017 winner of the Jazz Journalists Association Award for Career Excellence.


Gallery brochure for 'The Sound of My Soul: Frank Stewart's Life in Jazz' (PDF)




Harvard Gazette: 'The soul of a jazz man'

October 1, 2019
Frank Stewart learned young how to fail often with his camera.

A painter could spend days on a canvas only to realize the result was a “monstrosity,” the acclaimed photographer and artist said during a conversation with New York University Professor of Performance Studies Fred Moten ’84 at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research’s Hiphop Archive last week.

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