Bill Clinton has called Herman
Leonard, "The greatest jazz photographer in the
history of the genre." Born March 6, 1923 and raised
in Allentown, PA.
Herman Leonard Jazz Archive was established in 2007 and
in 2008 was awarded a Grammy Foundation Grant for Archiving
and Preservation. This project was successful in digitally
archiving Leonard's catalog of over 35,000 negatives, comprising
a visual documentation of America's original art form, preserving
it for future generations.
14, 2010, Herman Leonard passed away, surrounded by his
family in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 87. Throughout his
long life, he traveled and lived around the world, capturing
images with his distinctive style. Whether he was photographing
Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong or a street
musician in his home in New Orleans, Herman's warmth and
engaging personality continued to open doors for him and
his camera; to reveal a world we might have missed.