Claxton often talked about the similarities between jazz and photography. Both, he said, required improvisation and spontaneity from the artist.
But his work extended well beyong music. He memorably photographed a number of actors--the cool ones, like Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen. Nobody photographed McQueen like Claxton, whose own cool apparently was as great as the actor's. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the model Peggy Moffit, and a son, Christopher. The portrait of Claxton here is by Mark Edward Harris. I know a lot of the readers of this blog were admirers of Claxton...I'd like to hear your thoughts on his work.--David Schonauer