Daniel Duffin is a photographer, writer and banjo enthusiast who took the opportunity to film his favorite pickers, Earl Scruggs and JD Crowe, from the comfort of their homes. Now that these legends have left us, Daniel has created a very nice website called Banjo Legends where his photos are displayed.

These images are from quite a long time ago, from 1973-74 for Scruggs and 1983 for Crowe. Duffin took dozens of photos of these impressive banjo icons, both taken in their prime. There are also shots of Earl backstage at the Opry and on stage.

Now, we’ve all seen great photos of these two throughout their careers. What makes them so special than having their own website?

Well, Daniel is a terrific photographer, and he used a Hasselblad 500c large format film camera with 50 and 80mm lenses for the shots at Earl and JD. After processing and developing the film, it was carefully stored until recently when the negatives were digitized for posting online.

The Banjo Legends site is a gift from Duffin to the bluegrass community. All of these classic images are offered for free for high-resolution viewing, although saving and copying has been disabled.

Daniel is also working on editing a long audio interview he did with Earl when he visited him at home. He is currently working on approximately three hours of tapes and will add these audio files to the site once he is finished. He told us how happy he is that almost 50 years after the fact, the tapes are still in good condition.

Any Earl Scruggs or JD Crowe fan, and anyone who appreciates fine photography, is encouraged to visit the Banjo Legends site and enjoy the images.