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William P. Gottlieb: Photographs from the Golden Era of Jazz
Music Division, Library of Congress

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The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprising over sixteen hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene from 1938 to 1948, primarily in New York City and Washington, D.C. In 1938 Gottlieb began working for the Washington Post, where he wrote and illustrated a weekly jazz column--perhaps the first in a major newspaper. After World War II he was employed as a writer-photographer for Down Beat magazine, and his work also appeared frequently in Record Changer, the Saturday Review, and Collier's. During the course of his career, Gottlieb took portraits of prominent jazz musicians and personalities, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Thelonious Monk, Stan Kenton, Ray McKinley, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, and Benny Carter. This online collection presents Gottlieb's photographs, annotated contact prints, selected published prints, and related articles from Down Beat magazine.
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In His Own Words: Photos and Commentary by William Gottlieb

Gottlieb on Assignment ----------

Understanding the Collection

About the Collection

Gottlieb's Life and Work

Recent Articles: Jazz Giants
The Faces of Jazz

Down Beat Magazine Articles (1946-47)

Selected Bibliography

Collection Connections

Working with the Collection

How to View:
Photos | Audio

How to Order Photographic Reproductions

Digitizing the Collection

Copyright and Other Restrictions


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