Michael A. Russ

In 1983, Tom Waits visited Michael A. Russ’ exhibition Prussian Blue and commissioned him to create the artwork for his upcoming album, Swordfishtrombones.

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The album cover features Tom Waits alongside actors Lee Kolima and Angelo Rossitto, who would go on to appear in his “In The Neighborhood” music video. The video was co-directed by Michael A. Russ and Haskell Wexler, and the concept was born out of the album artwork.

Michael discussed both shoots with David Smay for his book Swordfishtrombones:

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30 years later, Michael has opened his archive, making fine art prints from the legendary shoot available: Swordfishtrombones Cover Art Gallery

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Michael has recently published a limited edition book, featuring previously unpublished images: Swordfishtrombones – The Shoot

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A letter from Tom Waits:

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(Photo credit: Kind permission of Michael A. Russ)

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One response to “Michael A. Russ”

  1. Marco says :

    Great! Thanks!

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