Loving…Herman Leonard Photography
I really enjoy black & white photography because I think it captures the essence of the subject in the most frank, but fragile way. That’s why I really love these photographs by portraitist Herman Leonard. Leonard is most known for his candid photos of the Jazz greats of the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s. He’s also done fashion photography, editorial photography, and he was even Marlon Brando’s personal photographer. I’m most drawn to his work featuring the jazz musicians, though. It is amazing that Leonard has captured Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, and many more in their element…as they’re creating history! I would love to have prints of these photos. I do a lot of my work while listening to many of these musicians, so to have images of them around me of them creating…while I’m creating would be awesome.
Leonard’s work is currently exhibiting at the Montreal Jazz Exhibit and at the Lincoln Center in NYC. There are also two books out that are a compliation of Leonard’s photos from the Jazz era.