Online exhibition opening: 'After Dark' by Maggie Diaz
‘After Dark’ features a selection of iconic photographs Diaz made of jazz and blues musicians during her years in Chicago. The first publicity photographs for the now celebrated 'Ramsey Lewis Trio' will be on view, including the original band members, bass player Eldee Young and drummer Redd Holt. Also included will be an elegant portrait of Kiki Williams who was a blues singer and pianist at a lowkey nightclub, The Nocturne.
These images of musicians who enlivened Chicago’s nightlife, and furthermore of African Americans who took the stage and shared their art in pre-Civil rights movement America, are emblematic of Diaz’s intuitive eye for impactful photographs. Dramatic lighting, deep contrast and measured compositions come together to offer the viewer a window into the lives of artists from a different era who still move us today.
To view this online exhibition visit our website or come in to the gallery's stockroom starting 19 June. See more work by Maggie Diaz here.