The man behind some of the greatest photo documents of music history, William Claxton, died Saturday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to congestive heart failure. Known for his keen eye of capturing everything from Jazz life to Dylan’s mystique, few photographers were able to capture musicians in their element the way Claxton did.
Quite possibly his most famous photographs come from Chet Baker’s career, and during the set of Bruce Weber’s famous film, Let’s Get Lost. As of recent, he captured Dylan and Joni Mitchell in their elder years, leaving some of the best documents of these artists as they grow into a new generation.
In 2003, he received the Lucie Award for music photography at the International Photography Awards — his legacy will be remembered through his sharp vision of the musical imagery around him.