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Duke Ellington, Paris, 1958
Leonard, Herman
Date Created and/or Issued
Publication Information
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection
Rights Information
The contents of this item, including all images and text, are for personal, educational, and non-commercial use only. The contents of this item may not be reproduced in any form without the express permission of Herman Leonard Photography and Scripps College. Any form of image reproduction, transmission, display, or storage in any retrieval system is prohibited without the written consent of Herman Leonard Photography and Scripps College. These images are protected by Federal copyright, and are the property of Herman Leonard Photography, LLC. For permissions, please contact: Herman Leonard Photography, LLC. at and Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Attn: Rights and Reproductions, Box 2012, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Herman Leonard captured the great jazz icons of the mid-20th century. The large frame of this portrait of Duke Ellington in profile at the piano takes an audience's eyeview. Fanning across the image from the upper-right hand corner, the spotlight's white light dominates the formal elements of the image, suggesting that the city stage is what makes jazz possible. The graininess of the light as it reaches Ellington contrasts with the sharply-defined piano and bench where he finds himself seated, suggesting that the dark and smoke-filled atmosphere creates clarity for listeners. Item described by Catherine Parker Sweatt Scripps College 2012 Academic Year, Wilson Intern, 2010-2011.
Silver gelatin print on Paper
14 in. x 11 in. (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)
Black-and-white photography
Gelatin silver process
Time Period
1946 to present
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