Herman Leonard (1923–2010) was a legendary American photographer known for his unique images of jazz icons and named the greatest jazz photographer in the history of the genre. Herman Leonard’s photographs, now considered fine art collector’s items, are a unique record of the jazz scene in 1940s, 50s and 60s. In 1988 he had the first exhibition of his jazz photographs at the Special Photographers Company in London which became an overnight sensation.
The photography “Art Tatum 1955” shot in 1955 and printed in 1988 preparing Leonard’s debut show at Special Photographers Company, London. Signed Herman Leonard and dated 88. Acquired by previous owner from Special Photographers Company.