0.6 cu. ft. : 1 box: 25 photoprints and 20 contact sheets
New York-based photographer. Beginning in 1968, she began to shoot street photographs, including a series about homeless people. In 1983, she began a large-scale body of work of African American jazz artists. The Vanguard and Sweet Basil were among the jazz clubs where she photographed in New York City. She also photographed musicians at the Festival du Jazz in Nice, France, for about 5 years. She has continued to photograph Jazz artists in a variety of venues in the United States and Europe until the present. In July, 2003, she had a one-person exhibition, "Dizzy's Legacy," at the Palazzo Agostinellli Museum in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.
Initial gift: Twenty-four black-and-white photoprints (enlargements) of jazz musicians in concert, taken in France, apparently all at La Grande Parade du Jazz, a jazz festival in Nice; and twenty contact sheets of scenes from the same performances. The enlargements are on fiber-base paper, captioned and signed in either pencil or ink on the verso, with copyright date 2005. The contact sheets are on resin-coated paper. The subjects are: Nat Adderly, Doc Cheatham, Arnette Cobb, Jimmy Cobb, Miles Davis, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Jon Faddis, Dizzy Gillespie (2 images), Al Grey (2 images), Lionel Hampton, Freddy Hubbard, Linda Hopkins, Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, Jimmy Owens, Jackie McLean, J.J. Johnson, Illinois Jacquet, Buddy Tate, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, Joe Williams, and George Wein.
Subjects shown on contact sheets only, without corresponding enlargements: Bob Berg, Georgie Auld, Ray Bryant, Benny Carter, Ron Carter, Joe Chambers, Richard Davis, George Duvivier, Bud Freeman, Freddie Green, Bob Haggart, Slide Hampton, Billy Hart, Percy Heath, Oliver Jackson, Eddie Jones, Stanley Jordan, George Kelly, B.B. King, Barnford Marsalis, George Masso, Roy McCurdy, Rene McLean, Butch Miles, Billy Mitchell, Johnny Mince, James Moody, Joe Newman, Marshall Royal, Michel Petrucciani, Hilton Ruiz, John Scofield, Clark Terry, Cedar Walton, and Jimmy Wood.
2009 Addendum: Photoprint of Jay McShann, 1987, on resin-coated paper.
Stephanie Myers Jazz Photographs, 1984-1987, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist
2005.3040 (NMAH Acc.)
2009.3022 (NMAH Acc.)
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