Hank Mobley, NYC, 1963

Hank Mobley, NYC, 1963
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© Francis Wolff, 1995

Hank Mobley during the cover shoot for No Room For Squares, October, 1963.

"In 1960, a very modern building designed by Edward Durell Stone was erected on the southern most face of Columbus Circle to display the art collection of supermarket magnate Huntington Hartford. In those days, all of the entrances to the subway stations were of the same uniform and stodgy design. Somehow, the subway entrance in from of the Huntington Hartford got a new design that was in sync with the building itself. Francis Wolff would occasionally take Blue Note artists to Central Park or Times Square to shoot portraits with a New York backdrop. In October 1963, Wolff shot Hank Mobley emerging from that modern subway station which was just a couple of blocks from Blue Note’s office. The album that Mobley recorded that month for Blue Note would eventually be titled No Room For Squares. Designer Reid Miles, always keen of eye, saw this shot of Mobley in shades descending the stairs into the subway and immediately zeroed in on the circle in the fencing surrounding his face. Crop, crop, and voila! No room for squares indeed." -- Michael Cuscuna

Hank Mobley, NYC, 1963 by Francis Wolff

Color: Black and White    Type: Archival Digital Print    Edition: Open Edition    Signed: Estate Stamped

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