Jazz Photographer Herman Leonard Dies

Leonard brought us timeless black and white photos of Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and other jazz legends.

Billie Holiday photographed by Herman Leonard.
Billie Holiday photographed by Herman Leonard.

Jazz photographer Herman Leonard has passed away. Leonard is considered to be one of the great midcentury jazz-scene photographers, capturing Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis during their heyday. The Smithsonian Institution has 130 of Leonard’s photos in its permanent collection. He lived in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina flooded his home, destroying thousands of his prints. After the hurricane, Leonard relocated to Los Angeles. He was 87.

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