End Notes


[1] The Kind of Blue photograph has become iconic more through the popularity of Miles Davis’ music than the merits of the image. One critic wrote that, in contrast to the dramatic cover photographs of Davis’ Milestones and Round About Midnight albums, the Kind of Blue image was “subdued” and “hardly inspired”: see Richard Williams, The Blue Moment: Miles Davis's Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music (London: Faber & Faber, 2009) at 124. [Back to essay]


[2] Hedgecoe's 1966 side-view portrait of Queen Elizabeth was rendered into plaster by sculptor Arnold Machin, then photographed by Hedgecoe to create the image ultimately used on the stamps. For further background, see the discussion of the "Machin head" ("Hedgecoe/Machin head" sounds better to me) at the Royal Mail website. [Back to essay]


[3] For three more images I particularly like, see Maisel's images of a woman lying against a red background, for its unusual approach to portraiture; a tree branch and construction site, for its juxtaposition of the natural and man-made; and paper falling through a blue sky, for its colours and patterns. [Back to essay]


[4] Jay Maisel, Light, Gesture and Color (San Francisco: Peachpit, 2014) at 7. [Back to essay]



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