Herman Leonard, RIP

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

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Herman Leonard, the man who took iconic nighclub shots of jazz greats like Dexter Gordon, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billie Holiday (above) has died.

Great Slate appreciation and slideshow here.

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8 Responses to “Herman Leonard, RIP”

  1. #1 |  Joe | 

    She was one of the great ones. RIP.

  2. #2 |  Joe | 

    RIP Herman Leonard too. I was talking about Billie. And RIP Ella and Dexter too.

  3. #3 |  Sean L. | 

    Speaking of losing parts of the classic jazz era:


  4. #4 |  Andrew Williams | 

    Saw the obit in the LA Times the other day. GodDAMN but that man could take a photograph. Makes me feel like a rank amateur.

    Godspeed, Mr Leonard.

  5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

    I can’t believe they’re allowed to show those photographs. I mean, did you notice the cigarette smoke? Doesn’t that send the wrong message to our youth? Shouldn’t they edit that out now that we’ve evolved into a more civilized society? If “dangerous acts of consumerism” are worthy of parental warning in movies, then depictions of smoking warrant prison time for someone. Shouldn’t there at least be a government mandated disclaimer counterbalancing the negative influence such pictures have on our national psyche? These pictures are a clear signal that the tide has turned and America is backsliding once again into a state of debauchery, self-indulgence, and infatuation with mind altering substances.

    Haha! Don’t get all excited. I was just kidding about that last sentence. America is still so friggin’ up tight that if you jammed a chunk of coal up its ass, you’d get back a diamond. Fortunately, we are also very proud of our nearly limitless tolerance of people who behave like Americans should.

  6. #6 |  Maria | 

    There are some people that see people. They see and understand and know exactly that split second to trip the shutter to get that essence, they see everything as light. The man was Good. rip.

    /ot What are these dangerous acts of consumerism that require movie warnings? I think I missed that one.

  7. #7 |  Dave Krueger | 

    #6 Maria

    /ot What are these dangerous acts of consumerism that require movie warnings? I think I missed that one.

    Actually, I think maybe it was “random acts of consumerism” and I saw it on Netflix. I can’t remember which movie I saw it on, but the consumerism warning was “Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it”.

    You have to find a movie that has a kids warning. “Kick Ass” has a kids rating, but the consumerism rating is just “Age Appropriate”.

    Note that the child rating also includes a “Social Behavior” category.

  8. #8 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    I was checking out Google news “archives” regarding
    Billie Holiday. Wow, the last years were all handcuffs
    and hospital beds. Scary stuff, such a great talent.