A Unique Jazz Photo Archive of Previously Unpublished Images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, Saxophonist, Composer, Arranger, Artistic Director of Jazz, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.


This website contains a photo archive comprising over 2,500 photographs taken by Stuart Nicholson that offer an eyewitness  account  of jazz 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. Check out the Home Page slideshow  which displays over 100 shots that provide a flavour of what’s on offer.

Although Stuart Nicholson’s photographs have previously appeared in The ObserverThe GuardianThe Financial TimesThe Irish TimesThe Times, The Independent, jazz magazines and books, most have never been in the public domain before.  Almost every genre of is covered and by going to the Collections tabs you can sample selected photographs under genres  such as Blue Note, Bop, Post-Bop,  Jazz Singers, Latin Jazz, European Jazz, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock, Big Band, Pre-Bop, Blues and so on.

All the photographs  in this archive are available at a reasonable cost – click on the image and follow the onscreen prompts to purchase a print for either commercial or private use. A licence for 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. Payment is ideally by way of PayPal.

When suitably framed,  these photographs will  enhance your listening space, den, office or study. The example below is printed on high quality semi-matt Epson Photofinish Paper, the mount is Arcadian Snow White heavy card mounting paper and the frame is a 19 mm satin black  frame. As a guide, a 10 inch x 8 inch photo plus mount produces a 13 inch x 11 inch frame. Most professional framing services will have these materials, or something very similar, in stock and if you like the presentation of the framed photo below, take a copy with you as a guide for the framing service. You can send Jpegs of the photos to the framing service by email or on a simple memory stick.

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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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