Thursday, August 19, 2010

R.I.P. - Herman Leonard: the Eyes of Bebop


I pause this morning to note the death and to celebrate the life and work of Herman Leonard. Any person with anything more than a passing interest in jazz, particularly in the jazz artists of the bebop era, will be familiar with his transcendent photography. Herman Leonard received his undergraduate degree from my employer, Ohio University. I consider him to be among this institution's most illustrious alumni. The Kennedy Museum here featured a retrospective exhibition of his work only months ago, and is also, I believe, the proud holder of a permanent collection.

The New York Times obituary to which you are linked above will provide a glimpse of his great photography, much of which is instantly recognizable. I urge you to check it out.

Thank you, Mr. Leonard. May you rest in the peace of high accomplishment.