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Artbound

Neil Fujita: The Man Behind the Look and Feel of Jazz

After a time in Heart Mountain concentration camp and service in the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental combat team, Sadamitsu Neil Fujita returned to the U.S. and gained prominence as a commercial artist and graphic designer. His bold works, filled with life and vigor animated milestone jazz albums and book covers, illustrating the music of such greats as Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck. The look and feel he imbued in his artworks would forever influence pop culture. Explore Fujita’s works of art, including his unforgettable mark on Hollywood cinema history through "The Godfather."

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