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"Sound Check: The Jazz Photography of Thomas King"

Thomas King has long been a familiar figure at the Guelph Jazz Festival. He can be seen attending rehearsals and sound checks, or lingering patiently in hallways with camera in hand, watchful and ready to capture candid, open moments in the work and lives of visiting musicians. King has been photographing the Guelph Jazz Festival for twenty years - and the results are breathtaking. ICASP, the Guelph Jazz Festival, and Macdonald Stewart Art Centre are delighted to present an exhibition of King's jazz portraits and a published catalogue featuring photographs from the exhibit. The exhibit runs Sept. 26 - Dec. 15th at Macdonald Stewart Art Centre, and the catalogue is available from ICASP and at the gallery.

Dionne Brand interviewed King about his approach to and perspective on photography. The conversation is featured in the catalogue and excerpts can be viewed in our Research Collection.

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag