Institute for Arts and Media

Bob Douglas

Douglas (1921-2002)

Douglas began his career in the early 1940’s as nightclub photographer in Detroit, Michigan.   He worked for the Pittsburgh Courier LA Edition of that paper. Douglas worked for many newspapers and magazines such as the California Eagle, the Los Angeles Sentinel and for Ebony and Sepia magazines as well as doing free-lance work. But those early experiences in clubs helped to shape his most celebrated photos. Douglas’s portraits of Jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker have been in worldwide exhibitions and the PBS documentary, Jazz. 

Collection Includes:
Barney Kesell
Billie Holiday
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker and Max Roach
Dexter Gordon
Dizzy Gillespie
Poncho Haygood
Duke Ellington
Ella Fitzgerald
Harry James and Betty Grable
Helen Humes
Kenny Burrell
Lester Young
Lionel Hampton
Milt Jackson
Nat “King” Cole. Kay Davis, and Duke Ellington
Sarah Vaughn
Tadd Dameron
Thelonious Monk
Wardell Gray