Portraits of Icons from the Jazz Age


If you've seen the most iconic photographs of the Jazz Age then you've just witnessed the colossal portrait archive of American photographer William P. Gottlieb. The photographer was also a newspaper columnist who frequented jazz bars in the "Golden Age", mostly in New York City.

Gottlieb is a self-taught photographer.

From Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington to Charlie Parker, the portraits are meant to coincide with his weekly jazz column for The Washington Post, and eventually for Down Beat Magazine, Record Changer, the Saturday Review, and Collier's. Photography was usually an afterthought for Gottlieb.

Many consider Gottlieb's desire to keep his works open for the public domain as his gift to history, providing a time capsule to many.

Images from the Library of Congress.

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