New York City. 1947
Don’t Explain’ by Billie Holiday
In her 1956 autobiography “Lady Sings the Blues,” Billie Holiday reveals that she wrote this jazz standard about her then-husband Jimmy Monroe. “I guess I always knew what I was letting myself in for when he married me. I knew this beautiful white English girl was still in town. He didn’t admit it, of course. But I knew.
“One night he came in with lipstick on his collar … He saw I saw it and he started explaining and explaining. I could stand anything but that. Lying to me was worse than anything he could have done with any bitch. I cut him off, just like that. ‘Take a bath, man,’ I said. ‘Don’t explain.'”
4 proof print for ‘People in London; 1959 – silver gelatine baryt print
Nico Jesse (Rotterdam 1911 – 1976 Bergen Limburg)
Four silver gelatine baryt print 12 x 17 cm. On shiny Gevaert, made in 1958 as proof print for the first printed in 1959 photo book People in London, published by Van Loghum Slaterus Amsterdam.