James Dean oversized vintage 8.5″ x 11″ photograph taken during conga drum lessons with musician Cyril Jackson. Image captured by young photojournalist Dennis Stock in New York in 1955. Dennis Stock was engaged in a pet project of photographing Dean for the famous LIFE MAGAZINE spread on the rumored to be rising star of the then as yet unreleased film EAST OF EDEN. Cyril Jackson, a master of pulsing drum rhythms, traveled throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to study the folk music and ritual rhythms of many lands. He worked with native bands and famous ethnological dance groups, and appeared in Broadway and TV shows as a featured drummer. He was a prominent percussion teacher in New York City. Here is captured by Stock’s lens giving drum lessons to students in 1955 New York.. With a barefoot James Dean among them. Dean is wearing a military surplus sailor’s shirt and jeans in the photo. The 8″ x 11.5″ photo is double weight with a semi glossy finish without borders. There were credit and identifying stamps on the verso of the photograph, but they were neatly removed possibly for later publication use or by a collector. Photo has a bit of tiny minute creasing to corners. Crisp and very detailed professional quality and in fine condition. These surviving original photos of the era when Stock had photographed Dean are rare. Most are in archives and not in private hands. This one is a fine original exemplar of a historic collaboration between the rising star Dean and the young master photographer Stock. Please note: This is an original vintage photograph and is not a later reproduction. The item “JAMES DEAN Playing Conga Drum BAREFOOT! Vintage Photograph By DENNIS STOCK” is in sale since Wednesday, July 8, 2020. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\1950-59\Black & White”. The seller is “colinjrt” and is located in Belleville, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Object Type: Photograph
- Industry: Movies