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Herman Leonard

Herman Leonard was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1923. In 1948, he moved to New York City and opened his first studio in Greenwich Village, where he worked for Life, Esquire, and Playboy while recording the jazz scene in his photographs of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and Miles Davis. In 2008, Leonard was the recipient of a Lucie award - the photography world's equivalent of the Oscars - for Outstanding Achievement in Portraiture, as well as the Grammy Foundation's first grant award to a photographer. Leonard died in 2010.
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