Portraits from the Golden Age of
"Lady Day" Holiday, circa 1948. "I tried to
capture a subject's personality or inner qualities,"
wrote William Gottlieb, who took photos to accompany his articles.
"The haunting, anguished voice of Lady Day is one of
the glories of music. I was fortunate to hear her at her peak."
On exhibit through
March 5 in Alderman Library’s McGregor Room
before World War II, a 22-year-old jazz enthusiast named William
P. Gottlieb began photographing jazz musicians to illustrate columns
he wrote for the Washington Post. Considered the iconic images
of jazz greats such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, Gottlieb’s
photos were published widely in magazines, books, album covers,
posters, and even on U.S. postage stamps.
In addition to Gottlieb’s photographs, the U.Va. Library
is displaying related items from the Harlem Renaissance drawn
from Special Collections, including works by James Weldon Johnson
and Zora Neale Hurston and an original letter about Billie Holiday
written by Langston Hughes.
Goodman, circa 1947. Goodman and his orchestra are said to
have ushered in the Swing Era.
from the Golden Age of Jazz” is made possible by the Library
of Congress, which acquired Gottlieb’s photographs through
the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Fund.
online version of the exhibition is at www.lib.virginia.