I had the privilege of attending a memorial service in New Orleans for legendary jazz photographer Herman Leonard yesterday. Leonard lived in New Orleans for over a decade prior to Hurricane Katrina, and was happiest when he lived here, according to his daughter Shana. I attended with my 13 year old son, an aspiring photographer. I wanted to show him what a tremendous legacy you can leave through a lifetime of dedication to your craft.
The day consisted of the memorial service with slideshows from Leonard’s work and life, tributes from colleagues and family, a showing of his work at A Gallery for Fine Photography on Chartres St.., and a second line parade. Leonard continued to practice and perfect his craft until he died at the age of 87 in August of this year, and deserving of such a wonderful send-off.