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Herman Leonard
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    (March 6, 1923-August 14, 2010)
    Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Known for his black and white photos of jazz legends
    Published the books 'The Eye of Jazz' (1985), 'Jazz Memories' (1995) and 'Jazz, Giants and Journeys: The Photography of Herman Leonard' (2006)
    Received a lifetime achievement award from 'Downbeat' magazine (2004)
    He was married and divorced three times.
    He used his camera to gain entry to New York jazz clubs whose cover charges he could not afford.
    He ordered thermometers in bulk in order to use the mercury for developing prints.
    Because there was initially not much of a market for his jazz photos, he put the negatives away in a box and forgot about them for three decades.
    He served as a medical technician with the US Army in Burma during WWII.
    His first London exhibition attracted over 10,000 visitors, including Bono and Sade (1988).
    Hurricane Katrina destroyed his house in New Orleans and thousands of his prints; fortunately, the negatives had been placed in a museum vault for protection.
    His collection of jazz photographs were added to the permanent archives of the Smithsonian.
    Quincy Jones said, 'When people think of jazz, their mental picture is likely one of Herman's.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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