Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Herman Leonard 1923-2010

Dexter Gordon, Date Unknown

The great photographer of jazz artists was 87. My favorite quote about Leonard came from Quincy Jones: "I used to tell the cats that Leonard did with him camera what we did with our instruments....Herman's camera tells the truth and makes it swing." Everything you need to know about Leonard as a portraitist can be found in his famous image of Dexter Gordon: Mood, expression, detail, and smoke...lots of smoke.

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