David Redfern was born in Derbyshire, England, and began his career photographing jazz musicians. At first a fan of big band and swing, he ended up shooting artists like Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, taking skillful action shots that led Dexter Gordon to dub him the genre's Henri Cartier-Bresson. In the Sixties, Redfern's portfolio grew to include images of bluesmen and rock stars, and by decade's end, Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Ike and Tina Turner had all passed before his lens. Redfern lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on October 23rd, and we're celebrating his legacy with a gallery of his most memorable photographs. (View the gallery in full-screen to see the uncropped images.)
John Lennon and Paul McCartney during Magical Mystery Tour filming.
An early photo of the Four Tops. Here, the group performs four years before the release of its first LP.