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Herman Leonard at Robert Mann, New York

By Blouin Artinfo

Robert Mann gallery is hosting the exhibition “Herman Leonard: The Rhythm of Old New York” at the gallery’s New York location.

The exhibition presents a collection of images by American photographer Herman Leonard (1923-2010), known for his iconic works on the New York jazz scene. Born in a Romanian immigrant family in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Leonard found his fascination toward photography upon witnessing an image being developed in his brother's darkroom when he was only nine years old. He then went on to pursue Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography from Ohio University in 1947. From there, he worked as an apprentice under the mentorship of esteemed Canadian portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh for one year, and later in the 1950s, he worked as a personal photographer for Marlon Brando in East Asia and as a correspondent for Playboy and Time magazines in Paris. Part of many major public collections including Smithsonian Institute, Lincoln Center, and George Eastman House, as well as the private collections of Sir Elton John, Bruce Bernard, and President Bill Clinton, the most quintessential motif of Leonard’s works has been the jazz scene of New York.

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