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Miles Davis

(DAVIS, MILES.) Barboza, Anthony. (English) Miles Davis at home 1971

New York, 1971

Gelatin silver print (9 x 13 in.). Minor wear. Vintage Barboza stamps on verso, further inscribed by the photographer on the verso: “Miles at home in West 70’s shot in the 70’s Photo by Barboza.”

Signed and titled by Barboza beneath the image. In 1971 Barboza received an assignment from Essence to shoot photographs for a story on Miles Davis. The two became friends and frequently worked together. This photograph dates to that first meeting.

“When I do a portrait, I’m doing a photograph of how that person feels to me; how I feel about the person, not how they look. I find that in order for the portraits to work, they have to make a mental connection as well as an emotional one. When they do that, I know I have it” (Anthony Barboza).

Anthony Barboza (b. 1944) is most famous for photographs of jazz musicians in the 1970s and 1980s. His work has been exhibited in countless solo and group shows and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Cornell University, the Brooklyn Museum, the Schomburg Center – NYPL, and the National Portrait Gallery, among others.

This is a wonderful portrait of Miles Davis, perhaps the greatest figure in American music after World War II, taken at the height of his fame.