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The Jazz Defektors in Manchester, 1985 — Limited Edition Print

The Jazz Defektors at the Hacienda in Manchester on January 10, 1985. The group consisted of the top dancers in Manchester and would go on to be the support act of Nigerian-British singer Sade.

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  • Edition of 25
  • Signed and numbered on the front, in pencil, by Kevin Cummins
  • Printed on Carbon Archival paper

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I wanted the photo to have a timeless jazz club feel; I thought it’d suit them and their zoot suit look. It was too difficult to shoot it in the studio; too sterile. Because I shot a lot for Factory Records, I asked if I could use the Hacienda to shoot it in. The stage was a great low-ceilinged black box. It was great. We had plenty of room to work in and their lighting tech helped me light and give it a smoky atmosphere. Then I got the band to play a little and kept one guy in a dance pose and shot it at around 1/15th of a second - on a Hasselblad on tripod - to get some movement and blur in it.

- Kevin Cummins
Kevin Cummins

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Manchester born Kevin Cummins has an international reputation as one of the world's leading photographers.  His photographs of key moments in the Manchester music scene created a new way of looking at Manchester and remain embedded in the cultural memory of the north.

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