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Herman Leonard


Ella and Duke at Downbeat, NYC

Herman Leonard died August 14, 2010.

Born in Allentown, PA, March 6, 1923, Leonard has lived in New York City, Paris, Ibiza, London and San Francisco,New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

Known for:
Photographs of jazz legends.

Most Popular Images:
Classic portraits of Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington (above), Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday

Did you know ... ?
Herman Leonard apprenticed with Karsh in 1948, during the Einstein sessions.
He traveled with Marlon Brando in 1954. Herman Leonard had a successful fashion photography studio in Paris in the 1960s. During World War II, he was a medic in Burma.

"Hey baby!"

General Format:
Black and white silver gelatin prints in 11" x 14", 16" x 20" and 20" x 24" sizes.

How many photographs exist?
11" x 14" prints are open editions; 10 to 50 exist of each image.
16" x 20" and 20" x 24" sizes are in editions of 50

2009 $1400 - $55,000.

How are the photographs printed and signed?
All photographs are printed by Herman Leonard and signed and titled in ink au recto.

A few vintage photographs are available. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

In Memoriam,10 duotones, boxed Set, title page (sold out)
Jazz Portfolios: Volumes I, II, and III edition of thirty photographs, printed and signed by the artist, 1998

Technical Information:
Most of Leonard's jazz photographs are taken using both ambient and artificial lighting.

Books - In Print (order yours now!):
Jazz, Herman Leonard, hardcover $60

Jazz Memories, hardcover, $195.
Jazz, Giants & Journeys: The Photographs of Herman Leonard, hardcover, signed $150.

A Gallery for Fine Photography has a very large selection of original photographs by Herman leonard.

Frank Sinatra

Duke Ellington

Billie Holliday

Authenticity is guaranteed. Prices and availability are subject to change without prior notice.



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