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Sunday, April 30, 2006

'Golden Age of Jazz' Photographer Bill Gottlieb Dies

by Adam Bernstein, The Washington Post

Bill Gottlieb, 89, a self-taught jazz photographer who took some of the most indelible images of the top musicians bridging the swing and bebop jazz eras, died April 23 at his home in Great Neck, N.Y., after a stroke.

Mr. Gottlieb's photography was initially an afterthought, mere visual accompaniment to his regular work as a jazz scribe for The Washington Post and the influential music magazine Down Beat during the 1940s.

After reading manuals for his Speed Graphic press camera, Mr. Gottlieb took hundreds of witty, haunting and altogether unforgettable portraits of musicians such as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald. He once captured Gillespie making goo-goo eyes at Fitzgerald during a performance....

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William Gottlieb prints are available from Holden Luntz Gallery

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Illustration: Frank Sinatra in 1947 by William Gottlieb, Courtesy Holden Luntz Gallery

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