Pete Turner: The Man Behind The CTI Cover Photographs

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LP cover art is a dying art. In the times of CDs and downloads graphics are not important anymore. Cover art was crucial in portraying the image of the musicians and the music. In the times before music went digital, some record companies had their own distinct graphical look.

Graphical artist and photographer Ed Thrasherfor example was responsible for designing the look of most Reprise records. Another record company with a unique look was CTI.

I have a few CTI records and love the music as much as the graphics. But I never gave a second thought about the cover design until recently: On the JazzWax blob I discovered a wonderful interviewwith the artist responsible for the great CTI photographs. His name is Pete Turner. He’s a great photographer and the story of his professional career is very interesting.