Kane shot Armstrong in Death Valley – one of his earliest photographic assignments. He hired a small four seat Beechcraft plane (which Louis Armstrong was none too happy about) to fly from Las Vegas, where Armstrong was performing, to a deserted stretch of road in the Mojave desert, where Kane wanted to make the photograph. Armstrong had to leave his wife Lucille, who accompanied him everywhere, in Vegas, as the plane only had room for Armstrong, Kane, the pilot, and the rocking chair he wanted Armstrong to sit in – on that day the chair was more important than Lucille. Kane was tired of seeing photographs of him playing his trumpet, with his cheeks puffed out, and so during the shoot, asked Armstrong to put down the instrument. This was about portraying him as a man at ease, with the sun setting in the background, and not as a musician or entertainer.

Archival limited edition lightjet photograph on 16 x 20 inch (40 x 50 cm) paper, supplied with certificate of authenticity signed by Jonathan Kane on behalf of the Art Kane Archive. Limited edition of 25 in this size. Unframed price excluding VAT