New American Memory Collection Released on May 3.
Text below is from the announcement:
The William P. Gottlieb Collection, comprised of over sixteen
hundred photographs of celebrated jazz artists, documents the jazz scene in
New York City and Washington, D.C. from 1938 to 1948. An ardent jazz
fan, Mr.Gottlieb began working for The Washington Post after college and
convinced his editor to let him write a weekly jazz column -- perhaps the
first in a major newspaper -- in addition to his assigned duties. The Post
could not afford to provide a photographer for the column, so Mr. Gottlieb
purchased a Speed Graphic press camera and taught himself the art of
photography in order to illustrate his articles. After his position
with the Post, he worked as a writer-photographer for Down Beat magazine
from 1946 to 1948. His work also frequently appeared in other periodicals
such as Record Changer, Saturday Review, and Collier's. During the course
of his career, Mr. Gottlieb took portraits of prominent jazz musicians and
personalities, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker,
Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Earl Hines, Thelonious Monk, Stan Kenton,
Ray McKinley, Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, and Benny Carter.
The on-line collection provides access to digital images of all
sixteen hundred negatives, approximately one hundred annotated contact
prints, and over two hundred photographic prints that show Mr. Gottlieb's
preferred cropping. The web site also includes digital images of Down Beat
magazine articles in which Mr. Gottlieb's photographs were first published.
Other special features of the on-line presentation are audio clips of
Mr. Gottlieb discussing specific photographs, articles about the
collection from Civilization magazine and the Library of Congress
Information Bulletin, and a "Gottlieb on Assignment" section which
showcases Down Beat articles about Thelonious Monk, Dardanelle, Willie "The
Lion" Smith, and Buddy Rich.