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    A portrait of American photographer Herman Leonard, Ottawa, Canada, 1947, by Yousuf Karsh. Leonard is best known for his unique portraits of jazz icons.
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    Photographer Herman Leonard and American jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald photographed in New York, 1949. The Smithsonian Institute recently purchased 130 of Leonard's images, some of which are now displayed alongside notable jazz memorabelia.
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    Herman Leonard adjusts his lens during a shoot in Paris, 1958. Leonard had moved to Paris that year. He'd always dreamed of becoming a National Geographic photographer, a desire that led him to seek assignments in Eastern Europe, Afghanistan and Iran.
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    Herman Leonard poses with his camera in New York, 1953. Throughout his career, Leonard shot defining images of Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis, among many others.
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    Miles Davis photographed by Leonard in Montreux, 1991. Leonard called Miles Davis his best photographic subject ever. "Those eyes, when he looked at you, he was looking right through you and right into you."
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    Billie Holiday, photographed by Leonard in New York, 1949. What Leonard documented from his earliest days have remained among the most lasting images of musicians from the last half-century and more.
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    Dexter Gordon as photographed by Leonard in New York, 1948. Leonard: "The smoke adds movement atmosphere to it and everything else, so I was grateful for the smoke."
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    Duke Ellington, photographed by Leonard in Paris, 1958. Leonard's photographs are included in "Legends of Jazz Photography," an exhibition opening at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles in 2010.
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    Frank Sinatra in Monte Carlo, 1958. Leonard got his 60,000 negatives out of New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina could drown them in 2005, along with the rest of the city. Sadly, the storm did destroy 8,000 of his prints.
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    Tony Bennett in New York, 1950. Leonard has become friends with a few musicians through the years, particularly Quincy Jones and Bennett.
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    Miles Davis as photographed by Herman Leonard in Malibu, 1989. "It was impossible for me to take a dull or uninteresting photo of this man. What a great subject to have in front of your camera! Duke Ellington was the Beethoven of jazz. Miles was the Picasso."
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    A self-portrait by Herman Leonard, New Orleans, 2004. Leonard relocated to Los Angeles at the suggestion of his daughter after leaving New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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    "Frank Sinatra, NYC, 1956, Hurricane Katrina Survivor, 2005" This image was a print left in Herman Leonard's house in New Orleans in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck.
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