William P. Gottlieb’s Mirror Images From The Golden Age Of Jazz (1938 – 1948)

Writer and photographer William P. Gottlieb documented the jazz scene in New York City and Washington, D.C., from 1938 to 1948, a time seen as the “Golden Age of Jazz”. In this gallery, we focus on a style: the face in the mirror.

 

Portrait of June Christy and Bob Cooper, 1947 or 1948

Portrait of June Christy and Bob Cooper, 1947 or 1948

 

“What is my definition of jazz? ‘Safe sex of the highest order.”
― Kurt Vonnegut

 

Portrait of Terry Gibbs, Harry Biss, and Bill (Buddy) De Arango, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. June 1947

Portrait of Terry Gibbs, Harry Biss, and Bill (Buddy) De Arango, Three Deuces, New York, N.Y., ca. June 1947

Portrait of Vivien Garry, New York, N.Y., Dixon's, ca. May 1947

Portrait of Vivien Garry, New York, N.Y., Dixon’s, ca. May 1947

Portrait of Stan Kenton and Buddy Childers, Richmond, Va., 1947 or 1948

Portrait of Stan Kenton and Buddy Childers, Richmond, Va., 1947 or 1948

Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946

Portrait of Louis Armstrong, Aquarium, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946

 

Portrait of Billy Taylor and Bob Wyatt, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948

Portrait of Billy Taylor and Bob Wyatt, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948

[Portrait of Jo Stafford, New York, N.Y.(?), ca. July 1946

Portrait of Jo Stafford, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1946

Portrait of Billie Holiday and Mister, Downbeat(?), New York, N.Y., ca. June 1946

Portrait of Billie Holiday and Mister, Downbeat(?), New York, N.Y., ca. June 1946

Portrait of Paul Whiteman, Joe Mooney, Andy Fitzgerald, Gaeton (Gate) Frega, and Jack Hotop, Eddie Condon's, New York, N.Y., ca. June 1947

Portrait of Paul Whiteman, Joe Mooney, Andy Fitzgerald, Gaeton (Gate) Frega, and Jack Hotop, Eddie Condon’s, New York, N.Y., ca. June 1947

Portrait of Sarah Vaughan, Café Society (Downtown), New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1946

Portrait of Sarah Vaughan, Café Society (Downtown), New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1946

Portrait of Charlie Parker, Red Rodney, Dizzy Gillespie, Margie Hyams, and Chuck Wayne, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947

Portrait of Charlie Parker, Red Rodney, Dizzy Gillespie, Margie Hyams, and Chuck Wayne, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. 1947

Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat(?), New York, N.Y., ca. June 1946

Portrait of Billie Holiday, Downbeat, New York, N.Y., ca. June 1946