jeff sedlik . photographer
. b 1962
to the jazzandbluesmasters.com 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
"Jeff Sedlik is a bright photographic star on the jazz scene.
Besides being technically superb, his portraits capture the hearts and souls of his
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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