"Herman Leonard: The Rhythm of Old New York" — LAST DAY

(Sept. 7-Oct. 14) — 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 (1923-2010) 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 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 (check out his work for Verve Records), Leonard was the son of Romanian immigrants. Explaining his affinity for jazz and blues in the 1940s and '50s, in 2009 he told Lucinda Moore for Smithsonian Magazine, "I must confess to you that I always felt very comfortable in black society... I was of Jewish origin from Allentown, Pennsylvania, for God’s sake. So I know what a minority is because I was highly criticized as a child for being Jewish. So I had a lot of empathy."

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 11am-6pm


Saturday, October 14, 2017 (All day)



Robert Mann Gallery
525 W. 26th St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001



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