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William Gottlieb

Frank Sinatra, standing by mic 1947

William Gottlieb was born in New York City in 1917.
He died in 2006.

Known for:
Jazz images from the 1940s.

Most Popular Images:
"Billie Holiday"; "Frank Sinatra"; "Dizzy Gillespie - The King of 52nd Street"

Did you know ... ?
• The Library of Congress purchased a complete set (1600 photographs) of William Gottlieb's Jazz photography for posterity and published a vast website on his photography (www.jazzphotos.com).
• Gottlieb was also a well-known journalist for the Washington Post and carried his camera with him on all assignments.

“I learned to shoot very carefully. I knew the music, I knew the musicians, I knew in advance when the right moment would arrive. It was purposeful shooting."

General Format:
11" x 14”, 16” x 20" silver gelatin prints.

How many photographs exist?
Gottlieb has 1,600 Jazz negatives and 18,000 negatives of non-Jazz work. Editions are unnumbered. Generally there are between 100 - 150 of each image in all sizes.


How are the photographs printed and signed?
Silver gelatin photographs are signed in ink au recto and au verso. William Gottlieb's original photographs are printed by his assistants under his supervision.

The photographer has about 100 vintage photographs available. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Jazz images were made with a Speed Graphic & Rollei.
Non-jazz were made with Nikon and Contraflex.


Books - In Print:
The Golden Age of Jazz -
paperback, signed $175.

A good selection of photographs by William Gottlieb is available through A Gallery.

Billie Holiday with her boxer, Mister

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