We heard the news yesterday...very sad.
Over the weekend the great legend of Jazz photography Herman Leonard passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center here in Los Angeles.
Herman had been living here in LA since Hurricane Katrina flooded his home in New Orleans in 2005 destroying thousands of his priceless prints. The good part of that disaster was that it brought Herman to our city where we had the incredible opportunity to meet him and enjoy his company here at the Photography Space.
Herman was 87 when he passed, which means he was a spry 85 or 86 when he came to our W Opening party last year on March 27, 2009.
He was vibrant, funny, sharp as a tack and had many of us in sheer awe.
After bonding with Wallis on the red carpet, he praised our Space and hung out with other photo-luminaries (like Douglas Kirkland) the whole night through!
We knew we were in the presence of many greats that night and we hope we won't have to say goodbye to any more for a long time to come.
We hope you have a continuing journey of cool Mr. Leonard - we know that many of your photographic subjects are waiting on the other side to greet you!
(All photos © Charley Gallay)