Master Jazz photographer, Herman Leonard is presented Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Portraiture by Tony Bennett on October 20, 2008 at Lincoln Center. 13 minute video includes a video tribute to Mr. Leonard and his contribution to the world of art and jazz.
October 2003, Los Angeles. President Bill Clinton meets and greets and recalls his presentation of a portfolio of Herman Leonard's work to the King of Thailand and describes the wall displaying Herman's photographs in his office in Harlem, NY. Interview and video by Stephen Elvis Smith.
On June 13, 2009, Herman Leonard was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts by Ohio University and on the same day Herman gave the Commencement speech to the school's Class of 2009. His words of wisdom and humor were delivered in true Herman style.
After serving 2 years in Burma during WWII, Herman Leonard returned to Ohio University and earned his bachelor of fine arts degree in 1947. In 1993 Herman donated sixty-two of his iconic photographs to Ohio University, which are part of the school's Kennedy Museum of Art's permanent collection.