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The Jazz Image: Seeing Music through Herman Leonard's Photography

Heather K. Pinson


Typically, a photograph of a jazz musician has several formal prerequisites: black and white film, an urban setting in the mid-twentieth century, and a black man standing, playing, or sitting next to his instrument. That’s the jazz archetype that photography created. This book reveals how such a steadfast script developed visually and what this convention meant for the music. Album covers, magazines, books, documentaries, art photographs, posters, and various other visual extensions of popular culture formed the commonly held image of the jazz player. Through assimilation, there emerged a gene ... More

Keywords: jazz musicians, album covers, art photographs, posters, popular culture, jazz player, assimilation, mainstream jazz, Herman Leonard, African American

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604734942
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604734942.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Heather K. Pinson, author