The Jazz Moment; Alan Ainsworth & John Watson - Jazz and the Image

LONDON The Gallery, Cowcross St


A joint exhibition by specialist jazz photographers Alan John Ainsworth and John Watson; The Jazz Moment features 50 images of jazz legends and rising stars, and will run on weekdays from Friday November 10 to Thursday November 23.

John Watson has contributed to UK magazines including Jazz Journal and Jazzwise for many years, and his work has also frequently been published abroad, in countries including the USA, Japan, China and throughout Europe. His published books include his critically-acclaimed photography book The Power of Jazz, which was described by reviewer Fred Grand in Jazz Journal as “Treasure-packed, and highly compulsive.” 

Watson has been nominated three times for photography in the JJA Jazz Awards, organised in New York. His work can be seen on his website

Watson comments: “It’s a joy and a privilege to photograph so many jazz legends and rising stars, and to document jazz history in the making. The challenge of working in low light at festivals, clubs and concert halls, and often with limited time for shooting, is always an exciting one. 

“My aim is always to create striking images that capture the thrills of performance, and will interest viewers in great musicians and their work. Capturing ‘the jazz moment’ is a joy.”

Alan John Ainsworth’s jazz and architectural photographs have appeared in the national and specialist press. His books include New City: Contemporary Architecture in the City of London (2012) and Brussels Arts Nouveau: Architecture and Design (2015). His reviews of photography exhibitions have been published in Twentieth Century magazine and articles on jazz photography history in Jazz Research Journal. Alan has photographed jazz musicians in the UK and the United States.

Alan was awarded first prize in the Harry Page Photography Competition in 2016. His work can be seen on his website

Alan commented: “Jazz is a powerfully visual music. Photographers like me are privileged to be able to capture the art of supremely talented musicians in the act of creation.  The spontaneity and ‘in the moment’ nature of jazz chimes with the ‘decisive moment’ of the photographer. Jazz and photography were made for each other.”