Just this morning I ran into the collection of Jazz Photography by William P.Gottlieb in the Library Of Congress’s Flickr-stream. As I wrote in an earlier post I’m a sucker for photography like this and this is truly a wonderful find.
From the album description:
Gottlieb was both a notable jazz journalist and a self-taught photographer who captured the personalities of jazz musicians and told their stories with his camera and typewriter. His portraits depict such prominent musicians and personalities as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald, and many more.
It’s a collection of overall 1601 images and is full of iconic and famous images. I like how images like these open a door into another time and world and almost send one into this era. It is Jazz history in images.
According to the album description the first 219 pictures were included in Gottlieb’s book The Golden Age Of Jazz. I used to have a large print of this image of Dizzy Gillespie in a slightly different crop on my wall for a long time.