Fine Art Photography Loses A Legend – Herman Leonard
It is with great sadness that I offer the news that the legend called Herman Leonard has died at the age of 87 in Los Angeles. Rad the full obituary here.
Leonard was one of my favourite photographers and I have to say a massive inspiration
to me in my photography career. His use of backlight in the creation of mood in those early smoke filled jazz clubs has touched many people. I’m sure there are many, many homes with Herman Leonard photographs on their walls. I know I have.
So inspirational were his photographs to me that in my recent exhibition I used backlight to give mood to some of my shots. Now I am not saying hat I copied his style – I may have tried to emulate some of his shots earlier in my career, I admit that freely but never cme close.
But without conscious thought, in my Ambiguous Misdirection Exhibition I have developed my own style of photographing the female form with that uses backlight and mood to give very distinctive ‘feel’ to each photograph.
Thanks for the inspiration Herman Leonard
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