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Maestro Leonard Bernstein by Photography’s Masters

Leonard Bernstein is widely known as one of the greatest conductors, composers, musical inspirations, and creative minds of our time. He is also legendary for his extreme passion, raw charisma, and powerful convictions.

Bernstein was photographed by some of the greatest visual masters of the 20th century, including Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ken Heyman, Yousuf Karsh, Stanley Kubrick, Gjon Mili, Arnold Newman, Ruth Orkin, Irving Penn, and W. Eugene Smith.

To mark his centennial, curator and photographer Steve J. Sherman and Jamie Bernstein, Lenny’s eldest daughter, released Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro. Published by PowerHouse Books, this collection of 100 iconic images tell Bernstein’s life story through the vantage point of these image-makers and their revelatory, and sometimes never-before-seen, photographs.

A foreword by Bernstein’s three children, along with a selection of Bernstein’s handwritten music sketches, letters, speeches and poems, are also included in this book that provides an intimate look into the life of an artist who changed the face of the 20th century.

Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro
By Steve J Sherman with Jamie Bernstein
PowerHouse Books

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