Monday, August 16, 2010

Herman Leonard, great jazz photographer, dead at 87

Very sad news at the end of the day: Herman Leonard, one of the greatest jazz photographers died Saturday. His death was reported on his website today. He was 87.

Leonard's Billie Holiday from 1949.
(Courtesy Herman Leonard Estate) 

Like many great photographers, his work is more known than the man. His shots of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis or Billie Holiday are recognized worldwide.

Leonard had recently moved to Los Angeles after his New Orleans home had been flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a flood that destroyed thousands of his prints.

NPR will be airing a report on All Things Considered this evening. You can find a transcript on the website and audio will be posted there later this evening.