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William Claxton
Born October 12, 1927(1927-10-12)
Pasadena, California, United States
Died October 11, 2008 (aged 80)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality American

William Claxton (October 12, 1927 – October 11, 2008) was an American photographer and author.


Born in Pasadena, California, Claxton's works included a book of photographs of Steve McQueen, and Jazz Life, a book of photographs depicting jazz artists in the 1960s. He was most noted for his photography of jazz musicians including Chet Baker. Claxton also photographed celebrities and models.[1] He married model Peggy Moffitt in 1960 and had one son, Christopher M. Claxton, born in 1973. Claxton died on October 11, 2008 of complications from congestive heart failure, one day before his 81st birthday.[2]


  1. ^ "William Claxton dies at 80; photographer helped make Chet Baker famous". Los Angeles Times. 2008-10-12.,0,4633702.story. "Born in Pasadena on Oct. 12, 1927, Claxton grew up in an upper middle-class family in La Cañada Flintridge. His mother was a musician and his older brother played piano; Claxton said he tried the keyboard but had no patience for it. He started collecting records, especially jazz, at an early age. At 2 years old, he was taking the bus to downtown Los Angeles to hear jazz greats, including Ellington, at the Orpheum Theatre."  
  2. ^ "Music photographer William Claxton dies at 80". Associated Press. October 12, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-08. "William Claxton, a celebrated photographer who worked with such entertainers as Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra and who helped establish the organization that runs the Grammy Awards, has died. He was 80."  

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