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Frame After Frame: The Images of Herman Leonard (1997)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, New York City, New York

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-08-21

Duration: 00:26:53

Subjects: Leonard, Herman, 1923-2010 | Photographers | Arts | JAZZ | Music | Karsh, Yousuf, 1908-2002


  • Bennett, Tony Narrator
  • Laudun, Tika Producer
  • Godoy, Al Writer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Laudun, Tika Photographer
  • Leonard, Herman Interviewee
  • Jones, Quincy Interviewee
  • Leonard, Shana Interviewee
  • Hasse, John Interviewee
  • Pailet, Joshua Mann Interviewee
  • Bennett, Tony Interviewee


A 1997 documentary chronicling the life and career of photographer Herman Leonard, who is best known for his portraits of jazz musicians in the 1940s and 1950s. This documentary covers: his early life, including his service as an Army medic in World War II; his apprenticeship with photographer Yousuf Karsh; his photography career in New York, Paris, and around the world; his hobby of shooting portraits of jazz musicians in New York nightclubs in the 1940s and 1950s; the resurrection of his career following a gallery exhibit of his jazz photographs; the Smithsonian’s acquisition of sixty of his prints for their permanent collection; and his move to New Orleans. This documentary includes interviews with Leonard and his friends, Quincy Jones and Tony Bennett. Narrator: Tony Bennett