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Livet som han såg det

“Livet som han såg det” är en samling fotografier från Black Los Angeles. “Han” är Walter Gordon, som på den här bilden har fångat en av jazzens allra största vokala artister — Billie Holiday.

Billie Holiday stands with LAPD Detective Gosline in front of a courtroom while awaiting trial in the early 1950s. Holiday was singing “Strange Fruit” (a song about the lynching of African-Americans) in a West Hollywood club, when a member of the audience proceeded to heckle her. She left the stage midway through the song, allegedly slashed the heckler with a knife, and resumed singing. She was charged with assault and battery but the case was dismissed when the victim, under cross-examination by Walter Gordon, refused to give his name and address.

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