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Lee Tanner - Jazz Photographer

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Lee Tanner, whose photographs of jazz icons documented the music for more than 50 years, died Sept. 7, 2013.

Tanner, who was also an award-winning metallurgist, photographed such jazz legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz and Oscar Peterson during his career.

n 1958, DownBeat was the first magazine to publish his work, and his images have appeared in many national and international publications over the years, including JazzTimes, where he curated thematic photo essays. His work also graced numerous album covers.

Tanner published four books of photography: Dizzy (1994), Images of Jazz (1996), Images of the Blues (1998) and The Jazz Image…Masters of Jazz Photography (2006), the latter an anthology of images by 27 photographers.

In 2006, Tanner received the Excellence in Photography Award from the Jazz Journalists Association. In 2010, he was presented with the Lucie Award for Achievement in Documentary.



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