Monday, August 16, 2010

In Memory: Herman Leonard

Duke Ellington photographed by Herman Leonard

I would like the art community to stop for a minute today to reflect on the passing of one of our great photographers, Heman Leonard.  He died Saturday, Aug. 14, at the age of 87.  For those of you who do not know who he was and what he did, you can read his obituary here.  He photographed iconic images of jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra.  Google his name, look at his art, and you will see why he was one of our greats.

Six months ago we began an interview with him that was never completed.  As an artist and a publisher, I felt that he should share his life with us at NUDE but that was not to be.

Today we remember him.

Carrie Leigh