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Hank O'Neal: The Ghosts of Harlem

Transition Gallery

May 20 - July 14, 2009

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.