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Photographer William Gottlieb Dies

Photographer William Gottlieb died at his home in New York today. He was 89 years old. The world-renowned photographer was called “The Great Jazz Photographer” in a 1990 issue of Modern Photography, while the New York Times commented that Gottlieb had “the flair of a high artist” and the New Yorker said, “Gottlieb stopped photographing jazz musicians in 1948. No one has surpassed him yet.”

Gottlieb was born Feb. 28, 1917 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Sam and Lena Gottlieb. His family moved to New Jersey when Gottlieb was four, but his mother died when he was in his teens. Gottlieb attended Lehigh University as an economics major and, due in large part to his experience as editor-in-chief of a monthly campus magazine and columnist for the weekly newspaper, earned a position at the Washington Post immediately after graduation.

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