I had often seen the various portraits of Elle Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong, but never new who was responsible. Now I do. And I found it amazingly refreshing to see such nice b/w work of something other than landscape or architecture.
Another fine portrait photographer is Philip Halsmann. He did a portrait of Judge Lerned Hand (sp?) that is just amazing, along with the very famous shots of Einstein, Marilyn Monroe and JFK. But my favorite shot of his was of a nobel prize winning mathematician who was blind.
The portrait was done in front of an old slate chalkboard, that was of course blank.
Amazing. I've not found a link to his work though, so if anyone has any clues...