[Ellington, Duke. (1899–1974)] Gottlieb, William. (1917–2006)
Original 1947 Photograph - Signed by the Photographer
Original William Gottlieb black and white photograph of the important American jazz composer, bandleader and pianist, circa 1946-48; printed circa 1979. Gottlieb, who has signed his name and added a copyright symbol to the lower left, captures Ellington mid-laugh in the reflection of his dressing room mirror. Gelatin silver print, printed later. Photographer stamp to verso. In fine condition. Sight: 10.5 x 13.5 inches (26.7 x 34.3 cm.), framed to 16.75 x 21 inches (42.5 x 53.3 cm.).
"Gottlieb was not taking pictures; he was photographing music. Again and again, he catches the precise moment when the musician's face is suffused with effort and emotion and beauty: the music is there." - Whitney Balliett