[JPL] HERMAN LEONARD'S "JAZZ GIANTS" OPENS MAY 10TH AT THE MORRISON HOTEL GALLERY IN SOHO

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HERMAN LEONARD'S "JAZZ GIANTS" OPENS MAY 10TH AT THE MORRISON HOTEL GALLERY
IN SOHO

HERMAN LEONARD'S "JAZZ GIANTS" OPENS MAY 10TH AT
THE MORRISON HOTEL GALLERY IN SOHO WITH
NEWLY DISCOVERED IMAGES

LEGENDARY PHOTOGRAPHER'S FIRST NYC SHOW IN 20 YEARS

WHAT: Jazz Giants - The Photography Of Herman Leonard

WHERE: Morrison Hotel Gallery
124 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

WHEN: Saturday, May 10th - Sunday, June 1st
11am to 7pm daily, Sunday 12pm to 6pm

ADMISSION: FREE TO THE PUBLIC

Sample some of Leonard's photos at:
http://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com/photographer/default.aspx?photographerID
=49

"Jazz Giants", the fine art music photography of Herman Leonard, is a
photographic journey through the golden years of the Jazz, Blues and Bebop
eras that document the larger-than-life legends that comprise the visual
album of America's music. Focusing on the life and times of famed artists
such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk among countless
others, this exhibition features a selection from Leonard's extensive
photographic history. Using a unique lighting approach, Leonard's signature
"backlighting" style and use of elements like smoke and strobe lighting
gives his portraits a dramatic quality that is highly humanistic, capturing
the illuminating personalities behind the music.

Born in Allentown, PA, Leonard discovered the camera at the young age of 11
and hasn't stopped shooting since. While stationed in Burma in the Army
Medical Corps during World War II he developed film late at night in his
combat helmet. Leonard studied under famed Canadian portrait photographer
Yousuf Karsh and later had the invaluable opportunity to shoot Albert
Einstein, Harry S. Truman, Clark Gable. In the 1950s he became the personal
photographer to Marlon Brando. Leonard's fashion and advertising jobs have
run in magazines like Life, Time and Playboy.

The devastation of Hurricane Katrina not only took his home, studio, and
darkroom but over 6,000 of Leonard's original photographs along with many of
his exposure records were lost in the hurricane.

Leonard, now 85 and living in Los Angeles, continues to shoot, develop and
exhibit his comprehensive archive. Most recently, the Smithsonian
Institution honored Leonard by housing his entire collection in the
permanent archives of musical history. He is also the recipient of a GRAMMY
grant to archive and preserve his collection of over 65,000 negatives and
later this year he'll receive the 2008 Lucie Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Portraiture.

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For more information on the Morrison Hotel Gallery, please contact Matt
Hanks (mhanks at shorefire.com) or Diana D'Angelo (ddangelo at shorefire.com) at
Shore Fire Media, 718.522.7171 or Richard Horowitz (rhorowitz at artchives.com)
at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, 760.607.1777

www.morrisonhotelgallery.com











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