Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem

Transition Gallery

May 20 - July 14, 2009

Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem 2009 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Milt Hinton at home, St. Albans, New York, 1987
14 x 11 inches
Gelatin silver print

Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem 2009 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Jonah Jones at home, Greenwich Village, New York City, 1987
14 x 11 inches
Gelatin silver print

Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem 2009 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Danny Barker at home, New Orleans, 1947
14 x 11 inches
Gelatin silver print

Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem 2009 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Cab Calloway, White Plains, New York, 1986
20 x 16 inches
Gelatin silver print

Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem 2009 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Wilber 'Buck' Clayton, St. Albans, New York, 1986
20 x 16 inches
Gelatin silver print

Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem 2009 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Lawrence Lucie, New York City, 1996
20 x 16 inches
Gelatin silver print

Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem 2009 Howard Greenberg Gallery

John Birks 'Dizzy' Gillespie, Englewood, New Jersey, 1991
19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches
Gelatin silver print

Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem 2009 Howard Greenberg Gallery

Illinois Jacquet, St. Albans, New York, 1996
20 x 16 inches
Gelatin silver print

Press Release

Howard Greenberg Gallery is pleased to present a selection of work from Hank O’Neal’s  award winning book, The Ghosts of Harlem: Sessions with Jazz Legends. O’Neal first began photographing jazz musicians in the early 1970’s for his record label Chiaroscuro Records. In 1985, he began interviewing and photographing the jazz legends who had made music in Harlem during its heyday and through the decline.  He took a straight approach, shooting formal portraits with a large format camera, making pictures in the musician’s homes and neighborhoods. The result is classic portraits of such noted musicians as Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, and “Dizzy” Gillespie, that are dignified and personal.