William P. Gottlieb

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Gottlieb at WINX radio station, Washington, DC, around 1940
Photo: Delia Potofsky Gottlieb

William Paul Gottlieb (born January 28, 1917 in Brooklyn , New York , † April 23, 2006 in Great Neck , New York ) was an American photographer , music journalist and writer. He became known for his recordings of jazz musicians .


Jimmie Lunceford , William Gottlieb, Gene Krupa , around 1940

In his short creative period from 1939 to 1948, in the 'golden age' of swing and the emergence of bebop , Gottlieb shaped the visual aesthetics of jazz with his photos. He first worked from 1938 for the Washington Post (in which he had a weekly jazz column), and in the 1940s for the magazine Down Beat , for which he not only contributed photos, but also wrote. In addition to Down Beat , he has written for Record Changer , Saturday Review and Collier's Magazine . His best-known photographs include portraits of Ella Fitzgerald , Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker . After 1948 Gottlieb worked as a film writer and producer for school films. In addition, he published numerous books, including children's books.

Gottlieb's wish was that his recordings in the collection of the Library of Congress are made available to the public as public domain , which the Library of Congress implemented on February 16, 2010.



  • William Gottlieb: The golden age of jazz. Texts and photographs. New York, Simon and Schuster 1979; San Francisco, Pomegranate Artbooks 1995, ISBN 978-0-87654-355-9 .
  • William P. Gottlieb & Jean-Pierre Leloir : Jazz: Dedicated to Cool Cats . Tokyo, GIP, 1991

Web links

Commons : Photographs by William P. Gottlieb  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ William P. Gottlieb Collection: Rights and Access ( English ) Library of Congress. Retrieved December 4, 2016.