Friday, April 1, 2011
Photographer Stephen Azzato and Quiet Light Publishing have donated $5000.00 to the Pinetop Perkins Foundation via a set of limited edition prints signed by both Steve and Pinetop prior to his death on March 21st. Perkins’ portrait graces the cover of the recently released “Their Love of Music”, a highly regarded collection of portraits and quotes featuring over one hundred musicians. In the book, Azzato has captured the essence of the creative spirit in the faces and words of the musicians themselves. “The beauty of this project for me was being able to sit with a huge range of musicians and explore what drew them to their art”, says Azzato. “I was able to hear it in their voices and record it visually in their images”.
While choosing cover images for books can be a difficult task, Azzato points out that in this instance it was easy. “While we considered several options briefly, Pinetop’s portrait just seemed the perfect fit. His love of music is there in his face, in his character. There simply wasn’t another choice that told the story so well.”
Regarding the donation to the Foundation, Azzato commented, “It’s a way for the publisher and I to say ‘thanks again’. I hope that the funds can be used to continue the legacy of Pinetop’s approach to music and life by allowing some kids to be a part of the amazing educational programs the Foundation offers.”