Herman Leonard Exhibit at Jazz at Lincoln Center

Got the chance to catch the Private Gallery Opening tonight for legendary jazz photographer Herman Leonard’s Exhibit at Jazz at Lincoln Center. I’ve been looking forward to this show ever since I ran into Herman at Irving Penn’s “The Small Trades” exhibit at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

Photographers Brian Smith and Herman Leonard at Jazz at Lincoln Center
Herman Leonard "Jazz at Lincoln Center"

Two of my favorite images from the show were Leonard’s photographs of Miles Davis an Frank Sinatra that were among the prints that were damaged when Leonard’s New Orleans home was flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – proving that out of tragedy sometimes comes beauty.

Herman Leonard "Jazz at Lincoln Center"

Fortunately for history, none of Leonard’s negatives were lost in the flood as they were safely stored in a different location. Don’t miss this show by a true Legend. Leonard’s work is the finest photography of the Jazz age.

Herman Leonard’s Jazz at Lincoln Center is up through February 14, 2010.
Jazz at Lincoln Center / 33 West 60 Street / New York, NY 10023

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3 thoughts on “Herman Leonard Exhibit at Jazz at Lincoln Center”

  1. Pingback: Irving Penn at the Getty Museum

  2. I wish I could’ve been there. I have the documentary about him returning to his New Orleans studio after hurricane Katrina and it’s very moving. I’ll be sure to check out his exhibit.

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