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"D-49" John Coltrane Darkroom Print by Victor Kalin - Limited Edition

This is a print from the original, unpublished reference photo the artist Victor Kalin used to make the gatefold image for A Love Supreme. Limited to 77 sales copies and a private edition of 10 for the Kalin estate.


During the search for the original artwork used for A Love Supreme, VMP’s creative team contacted the estate of Victor Kalin. It became clear the estate held more than even VMP could imagine with photos of over 150 musicians from Jazz’s Golden Age. This includes the unpublished photo Victor took of John Coltrane nearly 60 years ago as reference for his gatefold rendering in A Love Supreme. VMP worked in conjunction with both the Coltrane and Kalin estates to offer a print quality version from an original photo negative. 



Height - 16"

Width - 16"

Printer - Nashville darkroom of Third Man Photography

Print type - Glossy darkroom print

Copies - 77


About the artist: 

Starting his career drawing elegant women for major magazines and cowboys for pulp fiction in the pre-photography age, artist Victor “Vic” Kalin illustrated more than 100 album covers in the 1960s and ’70s for greats ranging from Count Basie to Charles Mingus. His most iconic work wasn’t a cover, but rather  the gatefold of A Love Supreme. His charged kinetic charcoal profile of John Coltrane wrestling his tenor saxophone eventually appeared on Coltrane’s funeral program as the enduring icon of an enduring inspirational talent. Press pass in hand, Kalin also frequented festivals and concerts with his camera to snap musicians, including Coltrane, live for jazz magazines and books. He developed and processed his black-and-white film with effects like distortion or double exposure — handmade expressions much like his illustrations. Remembered as a bon vivant and creative polymath, Kalin left a prolific, colorful portfolio of culture before passing away in 1991.

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This type of print is available for a very short window of time. Any orders placed within that time will be printed and shipped. After the window closes, there will be no other chance to order the item.
Giclée, often called “archival printing” for its use in fine arts museums, is a superior printing method that employs a 12-color, digital pigment ink printer to achieve the most vivid, precise, and long-lasting reproduction possible. The result is a print second in quality only to the original, and even that might be up for debate…
This type of print is manufactured in a very limited quantity. The product will be available until our supply runs out. After a print sells out, it will not be printed again.
Screen printing, also known as serigraphy or silk screening, is a printing technique that involves using a mesh screen to transfer ink onto a surface in layers. The result is a visually robust print with a unique, tactile quality and a level of durability that invites being passed down through generations.

"D-49" John Coltrane Darkroom Print by Victor Kalin - Limited Edition

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