In Claxton's Death, A Photo Pioneer Lost

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These eyes: Photographer William Claxton passed away Oct. 11. Katja Lenz/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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These eyes: Photographer William Claxton passed away Oct. 11.

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Photographer William Claxton got his start taking photos of jazz musicians in natural settings instead of smoky lounges. His 1967 film Basic Black was considered the first fashion video.

Also a photographer of models and celebrities, such as Steve McQueen and Judy Garland, Claxton published more than a dozen books during his 60-year career. He died Oct. 11 — a day before his 81st birthday — from congestive heart failure.

Fresh Air remembers him with an interview from January 1988.

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