Preview: The Rhythm of Old New York, Herman Leonard, Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on October 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Herman Leonard photograph of saxaphonist

Image by Herman Leonard, via Robert Mann Gallery

It wasn’t that long ago that New York was a place personified by its grit, grime, and grooves. New York’s Jazz scene may not conjure up the same universal electricity that it once had, but its legacy still remains one of the greatest in American music. Herman Leonard captured that legacy with his photos, and Robert Mann has them on display.

New York City in the fall. The scorching summer heat fades, leaves start changing to buttery yellows and burgundy reds, and the sound of a saxophone player in a Central Park archway sounds like a romantic lullaby taking us back to another time, an older New York. In this sense, the photographs of Herman Leonard are a twofold experience as well, giving viewers an intimate encounter with some of rhythm and blues greats, while conjuring the intense sensation of sound and atmosphere. Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to present Herman Leonard: The Rhythm of Old New York, a symphonic collection of the artist’s iconic images of New York jazz that capture, in velvet tones and poetic compositions, the coolest cats in town.

Considered one of the most prominent jazz photographers, Herman Leonard was born the son of Romanian immigrants in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After witnessing an image being developed in his brother’s darkroom at the young age of nine, Leonard became enthralled with the magic of photography. In 1947, he graduated from Ohio University with bachelor of fine arts in photography, after which he spent a year as an apprentice tomaster Canadian portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh. Later assignments would take him to East Asia, where in the 1950s he served as Marlon Brando’s personal photographer, and Paris, where he worked as a correspondent for Playboy and Time magazines.

Lovers of Jazz and NYC photography will have a real treat on their hands at Robert Mann until October 14th.

For More Information: Robert Mann

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