William Claxton (October 12, 1927 – October 11, 2008) was an American photographer and author. Born in Pasadena, California, Claxton’s works included a book of photographs of Steve McQueen, and Jazz Life, a book of photographs depicting jazz artists in the 1960s. He was most noted for his photography of jazz musicians including Chet Baker. Mr. Claxton also photographed celebrities and models. In 1967, he created the film Basic Black, a work that is credited as the first “fashion video” and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The music for the film, using a Moog synthesizer, was composed by award-winning artist David Lucas. William Claxton died on October 11, 2008 of complications from congestive heart failure, one day before his 81st birthday.
Here are some of his fabulous works: