Jazz: Through the Eyes of Herman Leonard
Closed: March 2, 2013 – July 21, 2013
Herman Leonard was a popular and influential photographer well into the 2000s, but is best known for his crisp, high-contrast black and white images of famous jazz performers from the 1940s and 1950s. Leonard caught the eye of jazz fans around the world, and Bill Clinton is no exception. Clinton called Leonard:, “The greatest jazz photographer in the history of the genre” and has several Leonard prints hanging in his office in Harlem.
This exhibit featured over 40 large-format black and white prints made and signed by Herman Leonard. It also includes objects that are featured in these photographs. Above is Dizzy Gillespie’s trumpet, and below is Duke Ellington’s keyboard and a large portrait of Miles Davis.