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Backstage pass Behind the scenes in Montreux

Normally, photographers capture the stars on stage. But the acclaimed French photographer Guy Le Querrec focused on the backstage activity at the 2012 Montreux Jazz Festival: rehearsals, sound checks, stage preparation and clean-up.

Born in Paris in 1941, Le Querrec has worked for the Magnum photo agency since 1976. His work is closely associated with jazz as he's been covering Montreux since the early 1970s. (All photos: Guy Le Querrec / Magnum)

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