Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ohio University, 1947. Apprentice to master photographer Yousuf Karsh, Ottawa, 1947—1948. Master of Science in photography (honorary), Brooks Institute Photography, Santa Barbara, California, 1995.
Independent photographer, from 1949. Personal photographer to Marlon Brando, 1956. European photographer Playboy, Paris.
Founder Herman Leonard Jazz Archive, 2007—2010. Anesthetist 13th Mountain Medical Battalion United States Army, 1943-1945, Burma.
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