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Herman Leonard snippet
Herman Leonard's jazz photographs are well known. He worked New York City jazz venues, making iconic portraits of performers such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington. These photos are noted for their theatrical, dramatic lighting, and the capture of the smoky ambiance and atmosphere of jazz clubs.
Herman Leonard
Herman Leonard (born 1923 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American photographer known for his portraits of jazz musicians.
Leonard earned a BFA in photography in 1947 from Ohio University, although his college career was interrupted by a tour of duty in the U. S. Army during World War II. In the military he served as a photographer in Burma, and after graduation Leonard apprenticed with Yousuf Karsh for a year. Karsh gave him valuable experience photographing celebrities and public personalities. In the late 1950s Leonard lived in Paris, photographing assignments in the fashion and advertising business and for Playboy Magazine.