Tim Motion

An Eye For The Sound








(c) Tim Motion Dizzy Gillespie - 30 x 30 cms ed 3/30 £575
(c) Tim Motion - Chet Baker 60 x 50cms Edition 2/30 £950
(c) Tim Motion - BB King, Nice Jazz Festival 1988 72 x 72 Edition 2/30 £950
(c) Tim Motion - Chuck Berry 50 x 40cms Edition 30 £675
(c) Tim Motion - Alex Blake 60 x 50 cms edition 2/15 £675
(c) Tim Motion - Joe Lovano Vienne, France 2002 50 x 40 cms Ed 1/30 £575
(c) Tim Motion - Percy Heath - Nice Jazz Festival 1987 50 x 40 cms ed 30 £575
(c) Tim Motion - Ray Charles, Antibes 1992 200 x 200 cms Ed 2/7 £2,500
(c) Tim Motion - Milt Jackson France 1998 71 x 69 cms ed 2/30 £750
(c) - Tim Motion - Art Blakey 40 x 40 cms Ed 2/30 £650
(c) Tim Motion - Miles Davis Edition 3/30 50 x 40 cms £750
(c) Tim Motion - Al Grey London 1980 1/30 20 x 16" Silver Gelatin £575
(c) Tim Motion - Pug Hortoin 1977 4/30 Silver Gelatin 20 x 16" £575

Musician and Photographer Tim Motion is surrounded by photographic boxes at his home in London's Notting Hill, containing his 40 years of work documenting Jazz musicians; in the corner of the room leans a large double bass.

As we start to investigate the contents, I realise that the only seat in the room is the piano stool, we are utterly immersed in a life of Jazz and Blues. The boxes reveal prints of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davies, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Miles Davies, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, George Benson and Ray Charles, predominantly printed by Tim Motion himself, featuring portraits of some of the most influential jazz musicians in the history of the genre.

When asked about the exhibition title, “An Eye for The Sound”, he replies modestly:"Well being a musician I follow the music, and so it does have influence as to when I press the shutter. Like every photographer we are looking for irreplaceable moments, for example one of my favourite pictures is of RayCharles at “Jazz à Juan”. I was sharing a drink with fellow photographers in the Press tent when I heard familiar big band sounds from the stage. I slipped away quietly with my Hasselblad and found empty seats within six feet of the stage!  I sat aligned to the piano stool and key board, praying I would not have to vacate the seat and crouch in the dust. I checked the exposure and waited. Three minutes later Ray Charles was guided onstage, felt the piano stool and turned towards me. Clack! There’s my picture!”

These arresting images provide insights into the vibrant world of jazz, capturing its stars in their element, their passion clear in every shot.

Motion was born in Ireland. When he was 2 his parents moved to England where he grew up studying art, music and photography, later working for the first London minicabs, frequenting the 606 club in Kings Road,and learning to play the double bass. Moving to the Algarve, he ran a disco/jazz/disco club, hosting artists such as Ronnie Scott, Cat Stevens, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Brian Auger and Jim Mullen.

Through a friend, Luis Vilas Boas, organiser of the first Lisbon Jazz Festival in 1971 he gained a photo pass which resulted in the first images in his archive, including Miles Davis. He began building up the extensive archive of jazz photographs which have been published in national newspapers,Paris Vogue and specialist books and magazines. His book"Jazz Portraits-An Eye for The Sound", published in 1995 in London,Paris and New York, contains the Foreword by Ronnie Scott, who describes the empathy that jazz musicians have with jazz photographers as being "understandable when one considers that both are concerned with the moment. For the musician it is the fleeting moment that involves the creation of some kind of valid music, and for the photographer the attempt to express it in pictorial terms.”  Scott lists Tim Motion as one of the main named photographers who have "enormous sympathy for jazz musicians"alongside Val Wilmer and David Redfern.

Tim Motion’s work has been exhibited in the UK, France,Spain, Brazil and USA and is held by collectors worldwide.

“The photographs reflect a real labour of love, capturing the great musicians that I have been lucky enough to watch perform, fusing my passion for jazz music and photography, preserving the memory of the undeniably great performers portrayed here, which strengthens my love of both.”

Limited edition prints are for sale via gallery@lucy-bell.com

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