Southport, United Kingdom: Cafe Royal Books, 2020.
Black & White.
Stewart began photographing jazz musicians when he drove equipment and photographed concerts for pianist and band leader Ahmad Jamal and his group from 1975 to ’80. Subsequently, he photographed in clubs and at jazz events in New York and Chicago.
“Jazz photography was different; it was a way to document cats that never got documented,” Stewart told the Jazz and Lincoln Center blog in 2015. “You know, the cats that were on the periphery that you never see but needed to be documented because they were on the scene too. Some of them would be on the scene then all of a sudden they’d go back home because they couldn’t make it.”
Café Royal Books (founded 2005) is an independent
publisher based in Southport, England. Originally set up as a way to disseminate art,
in multiple, affordably, quickly, and internationally
while not relying on 'the gallery'.
Café Royal Books publishes artist's books and zines
as well as a weekly series of photobook/zines.
The photographic publications are part of a long
ongoing series, generally working with photographers
and their archives, to publish work, which usually falls