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Louis Armstrong holding his trumpet — Limited Edition Print

Ted Williams snaps a close-up of Louis Armstrong's hand holding his trumpet on stage during a performance. Nicknamed "Satchmo", "Satch", and "Pops", Armstrong is one of the most influential figures in jazz with a career spanning five decades.

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  • Edition of 25
  • Stamped and authenticated on the reverse by a representative of the Ted Williams Archive
  • Gelatin Silver Print
Gelatin Silver Print

Before the advent of digital technology at the end of the twentieth century, the gelatin silver process had been the most commonly used method of making black and white prints since the 1890s. A negative image is transferred to light-sensitive paper that has four layers: a paper base, a white opaque coating of gelatin and barium sulfate that creates a smooth surface, the gelatin layer that holds the silver grains of the photographic image, and a protective gelatin overcoat. Properly exposed gelatin silver prints are quite stable if exhibited under controlled light conditions.

Until the 1970s, art photographers used this process almost exclusively to create high-quality black and white prints. Color photography was considered a commercial medium, not suited to serious artistic expression. Today, as fewer and fewer photographers are working in darkrooms, gelatin silver printing is quickly becoming an antiquated, historic process.

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Ted Williams

About the Artist

Ted Williams photographed many of the greats in jazz, including Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Louis Armstrong. Williams’ historic archive runs to more than 100,000 images and comprises perhaps the most intimate and complete collection of Jazz’s most iconic musicians at work, rest and play.

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