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jeff sedlik . photographer . b 1962

Welcome to the  biography of Jeff Sedlik
Jeff Sedlik is known for his riveting portraits of music and entertainment personalities. Based in Los Angeles and New York City, Sedlik specializes in photography for the advertising and entertainment industries. Sedlik's editorial work frequently appears on the covers of major magazines, and his original prints have attracted the attention of art collectors worldwide. Sedlik's jazz and blues portraits have appeared on dozens of album covers, and his portrait series, The Jazz and Blues Masters has garnered numerous awards. Sedlik's portraits of Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie were featured by Life magazine in their annual "Pictures of the Year" issues.

          Of his work with jazz artists, Sedlik says: "The key to making truly insightful portraits is trust, and trust is not easily earned. In preparing to create a portrait, I involve the subject to the fullest extent possible. Personal conversations with the subject supplement my more conventional research into the subject's history. Discussions might include the subject's verbal interpretation of their most recent work, their plans for the future, and their views on the accuracy of their public image. I feel privileged to meet and work with worked these talented, often legendary musicians; they allow me, a stranger with a camera, to step into their lives for a significant amount of time, and I don't take these experiences lightly. Though we work in different genres, these artists usually recognize and identify with both my sincerity and the dedication with which I approach my work. When I am successful, I create an image that truly communicates some part of the subject's creative soul; a look behind the mask".

On Jeff Sedlik:

"Jeff Sedlik is, without question, one of the top photographers working in the jazz idiom."  
                                     Glenn Sabin, Publisher, Jazz Times

"...Sedlik seems like the sort of musician/composer that rose to prominence in the 60's and remains a key part of the contemporary jazz scene...his work captures jazz legends of today and tomorrow in the most elegant fashion...the value of Jeff Sedlik's contribution to Jazziz magazine is incalculable."
                                                                Jazziz Magazine

"Jeff Sedlik is a bright photographic star on the jazz scene. Besides being technically superb, his portraits capture the hearts and souls of his subjects." 
                                              Lee Tanner, The Jazz Image

"Jeff Sedlik's Jazz and Blues Masters series combines powerful photography with extraordinary reproduction..."
                                        Kevin Maher, Publisher, Downbeat


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