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Herman Leonard Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday
By Herman Leonard
Located in Mount Pleasant, SC
Herman Leonard (American, 1923-2010) Billie Holiday, New York City, 1949 Gelatin silver, printed
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20th Century Contemporary Black and White Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Billie Holiday
H 14 in W 11 in D 0.1 in
Billie Holiday, NYC, 1955
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed, titled, dated and numbered in ink on recto Gelatin Silver Print Paper - 11"x14", Matted - 16"x20
Category

1950s Black and White Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Billie Holiday, NYC, 1949
By Herman Leonard
Located in New York, NY
Open Edition hand signed.
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Mid-20th Century Contemporary Portrait Photography

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Silver Gelatin

Billie Holiday, New York City
By Herman Leonard
Located in Santa Monica, CA
signed by artist
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Mid-20th Century Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Sonny Stitt
By Herman Leonard
Located in Mount Pleasant, SC
of Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday. In the late 1950s, he relocated to Paris, where
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20th Century Contemporary Black and White Photography

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
H 16 in W 20 in D 0.1 in

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