The Leloir Project

FRANCE’S LEGENDARY JAZZ PHOTOGRAPHER IMMORTALIZED ON A  UNIQUE 100 TITLE CD &LP COLLECTION

Jean Pierre Leloir was the most important photographer covering France’s musical scene during the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Hard work and talent made an explosive combination: he did an in-depth coverage of the artists on stage and also built a unique body of work capturing them on their intimacy.  To pay homage to Leloir’s work, Jazz Images has selected the most important classic jazz albums to match with his visual genius. The result is this groundbreaking collection consisting of 50 LPs and 35 CDs, beautifully presented all  in fold open editions, showcasing the photographer’s work as the common denominator.

All photographs have been carefully selected from Leloir’s immense catalogue. Many  had never been published before in any format.  All photos  demonstrate Leloir’s amazing ability to immortalize performers and to capture candid moments at the airport, in the dressing rooms and at the corridors of the most legendary Paris jazz and concert venues. “I loved the people I photographed, so I made myself as available, yet as discreet as possible,” he said. “I never wanted to be a paparazzi. I wanted them to forget my presence so I could catch those little unexpected moments.”