About The Book
In 2016 Kirk was invited to mount an exhibit of his blues photography at the National Blues Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. The exhibit was set to open in the fall of 2017. With a year to get the exhibit together, Kirk decided that he would also create his second book of music photography in time for the exhibit opening. So, he spent the next year selecting photographs for the book and the exhibit. He launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the publishing of his book, “The Blues in Black and White.” The campaign was a huge success, the money raised and the book published in time for the exhibit.
The Blues in Black and White covers the best of the blues photography that Kirk shot while living in Chicago in late 1970 and into the 80’s. Not only does it cover a multitude of blues giants, but it captures the vibrant Blues scene in the clubs and in the neighborhoods where this great music was played and appreciated. The list of blues icons that are included in this book is extensive, Muddy Waters, B. B. King, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Son Seals, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lonnie Brooks, Little Milton, Magic Slim, James Cotton, Albert King, Koko Taylor and many others.
This is a 200-page hard cover coffee table book with over 200 photographs. In it, Kirk has captured the essence of the Blues whether it is the players, the fans or the music itself and the scene and the neighborhoods and the drama that is the blues.
“Proud and dignified but unpretentious, there’s an honesty to Kirk’s work and the people he’s capturing.” -Derek Trucks-
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The Blues in Black and White is hand packaged and shipped by the author. All books are shipped Priority Mail through the United States Postal Service, which provides automatic tracking.
If you would like to contact the author for special arrangements, such as gift inscriptions or bulk purchases email TBIBnW@kirkwestphotography.com
Artists of all kinds often reach a tipping point where their life no longer reflects their work as much as their work becomes a reflection of their life; it becomes a history of the journeys taken and the destinations reached. The path is not as significant as the journey itself and what was recorded along the way is what remains most important. One morning Kirk West awoke to the realization that he had a lifetime of special moments stored in boxes that had yet to see the light of day.
Being a fan first and foremost, of music and photography, Kirk knew this had to change. When life presented the opportunity to catalogue and organize his archives, he jumped on it. Fate, they say, is not a trivial thing.
A Look Inside The Book
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