|Billie Holiday in 1947, photograph by William Gottlieb|
Jazz musicians were frequently in the public eye. They were national and international performers appearing in front of thousands and thousands of audiences each year, and they were producing albums, which often featured their images on the covers. Accordingly, the musicians were constantly the subject of photographs.
Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, among others, have become the art form's most iconic figures. You can now find their images some of everywhere within and beyond the field of jazz.
• That iconic profile of Eric Dolphy
• Toni Morrison as icon