A Unique Jazz Photo Archive of Previously Unpublished Images

“A stunning website with wonderful photos from the most perceptive critic writing about jazz today,”  Prof/Dr Tommy Smith, Artistic Director of Jazz, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.


This website contains a photo archive comprising over 2,500 jazz photographs taken by Stuart Nicholson  during a period that covers just over two decades — from the early 1980s to the early millennium years. They were taken in the pre-digital age of 35 millimetre films, pushed ASA ratings and hand held metering  and offer a very personal window onto  two exciting decades of jazz. The Home Page slideshow  displays over 100 shots that provide a flavour of what’s on offer.

Although a few of Stuart Nicholson’s photographs have previously appeared in The ObserverThe GuardianThe Financial TimesThe Irish TimesThe Times, The Independent, jazz magazines and a handful of books, almost all have never been in the public domain before. What makes this archive unique is the eyewitness account it provides of jazz from early 1980s to the early Millennium years. Almost every genre of is covered (check out the Collections tabs that bring selected photographs together under  headings such as Blue Note, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock, Big Band and so on) featuring literally hundreds of jazz artists.

All the photographs  in this archive are available at a reasonable cost – click on the image and follow the onscreen prompts if you want to obtain a licence for commercial use or if you simply want to buy shots  to enhance your listening space, den, office or living area. We’ll get back to you with costings, payment is ideally PayPal but we do accept most cards.  If you’re buying a framed print – and this is highly recommended as the picture framers do an amazing job – make sure you include your address so we can quote correct postal rates.

A licence for commercial use is granted in exchange for a fee which is accepted by the copyright holder © STUART NICHOLSON for each and every photographic image on the understanding the licensee has read, understands and agrees to the terms and conditions of use.

Collect framed prints of your favourite jazz stars by taking advantage of our tie-up with a highly professional framing service.

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Each photograph  is printed on high quality semi-matt Epson Photofinish Paper, mounted on Arcadian Snow White heavy card mounting paper and framed in a 19 mm satin black  frame. A 10 inch x 8 inch photo plus mount produces a 13 inch x 11 inch frame costing £45.99 including post and packing. For European Union, United States and all countries outside the United Kingdom, or for larger sized framed prints, please apply for quotation.

IMPORTANT: To include the number of photographs we have on this website it was necessary to display them in a low resolution format. Note that all photographs are supplied in high resolution 2800 dpi Jpeg files.

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