Thursday, June 30, 2016

Paris Jazz Portraits - The Herman Leonard Photographic Collection

While searching for a vintage image of Billie Holiday in Paris, I came across an incredible collection of photos of jazz musicians. They were taken by Herman Leonard (1923-2010).

Johnny Hodges at the Brasserie Lipp, 1958 (detail)
Photo by Herman Leonard

Leonard photographed the Paris jazz scene and set up a studio for fashion and advertising photography in Neuilly-sur-Seine. He lived in Paris from the mid 1950s until 1980.

See images of Leonard's Paris photos of several performers by clicking on the links below:

Louis Armstrong

Art Blakey

Diahann Carroll, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Johnny Hodges

Billy Strayhorn

Lester Young

The Herman Leonard Photographic Collection, 1948-1991 is held at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.


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