December 14, 1998 12:00 PM

photographs by Jeff Dunas

The blues may be a feeling, but it is also a look and a style. In these rich, sepia-toned portraits of contemporary blues musicians, both strut their stuff. Jeff Dunas, a fine-art photographer and fan, flaunts his eye for the telling detail, whether it’s B.B. King’s upward gaze, Buddy Guy’s diamond-studded ring or an imperious smile from the indomitable Ruth Brown. The message: Success came hard to these famous performers, and their faces speak of the miles they’ve traveled. (Aperture, $50)

Bottom Line: Stunning gallery of American music’s unheralded masters

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