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Ted Williams (1925 - 20 October 2009) was educated at the Chicago Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was one of the first African-American photographers to enter the prestigious school, before becoming active on the Jazz scene from the late '40s until the late '70s. He photographed many of the greats in Jazz, including Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan and Louis Armstrong. His photo library contains over 90,000 images and over 300 Jazz artists. Williams also took assignments to shoot wars, sports and international cultures. His photos have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Playboy, Ebony and others. More recently, he settled in Los Angeles and worked as a free-lancer taking assignments from the Los Angeles Olympic Committee and many other media outlets. He proudly had a one-man exhibition in 1996 at Chicago’s South Shore Cultural Center, entitled, "Jazz: A Chicago Groove," and as participant in the group exhibit, "Images of Music: Classical Through Rock" at the SOHO Triad Fine Arts Gallery, in New York City. "In those days" recalls Williams, "you didn’t have to go through publicists and managers. So if the guy that owned the club didn’t throw you out, you’d just start shooting. Sometimes they (the musicians) knew me by sight, or I talked with them, and some were kind-of like buddies. I was shooting in available light, so a lot of times the artists didn’t know I was shooting. I can sum up my feelings about my career: I just have a deep love for the music, the people and photography... and I have loved every minute of it!"
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