Richard Bell

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Jazz lover and photographer since I was a teen... quite some time ago now...

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As a student in high school I became very interested in photography, science and jazz music. The transition was through rock, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, Fusion, Miles and then on to Coltrane. Spending much of my spare time and money catching acts at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, I was fortunate enough to have seen and heard many of the greats that came through the Los Angeles clubs in the early to mid 70's. Often while catching the show, I'd bring along my quiet old German rangefinder loaded with Tri-X. Shooting natural light only as to not disturb the performance, I was able to capture a few of the beautiful scenes that lay before me during those formative years. Since then, I've had the good fortune to have made a living as a photographer in the Sciences while continuing to shoot jazz on the side as a hobby. Over the years, I've built up a fairly substantial catalog of images that I've just recently began to reveal and share. Allabout jazz seemed a perfect venue to share some of the informal photos taken over the years. I hope to add more as time passes. It would be a shame to have these images end up in the trash when I'm gone and it would give me great joy to share some of the images with fellow jazz enthusiasts world wide.

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