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"Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro" Hits Bookstores on Dec 11

Posted November 28, 2018


Front cover photograph by Irving Penn © The Irving Penn Foundation, New York 1947 (A never-before-seen “outtake” photograph from Penn’s 1947 Vogue photo shoot of Leonard Bernstein. The photograph that ran in Vogue is included within the book.)

During his lifetime, Leonard Bernstein was photographed constantly. Those who took his picture include such visual masters as Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, and Stanley Kubrick (see complete list below). Now, to crown this year’s Bernstein centennial celebrations, powerHouse Books presents Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro by curator/photographer Steve J. Sherman and Jamie Bernstein, the composer-conductor’s eldest daughter. Due for publication in hardcover on December 11, this remarkable photo essay tells Bernstein’s life story through 100 revelatory images, combining iconic photos with previously unpublished ones. Complete with a selection of Bernstein’s own handwritten musical sketches, letters, speeches and poems – and a foreword by his daughters, Jamie and Nina, and son, Alexander – the collection offers an intimate journey into the life of an American original who changed the face of 20th-century culture.

Complete with a selection of Bernstein’s own handwritten musical sketches, letters, speeches and poems – and a foreword by his daughters, Jamie and Nina, and son, Alexander – the collection offers an intimate journey into the life of an American original who changed the face of 20th-century culture.


From Leonard Bernstein 100 by Steve J. Sherman with Jamie Bernstein, published by powerHouse Books

Steve J. Sherman edited, curated, and contributed a preface to the collection. He explains:

“This photo essay is as much a celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s life as it is a tribute to the art of photography. As someone who loves great music and great photography, curating this unique collection has been a dream come true for me.”

Jamie Bernstein comments:
“Not only was my father a brilliant composer and conductor, a gifted educator, a superb pianist, and a lifelong humanitarian – he was also pretty easy on the eyes. His lifespan covered most of the 20th century, when photography was at its zenith. My father’s career, as documented by some of the greatest photographers of the century, makes for a fascinating combined portrait of both the subject and his observers – all of which we can now behold ourselves, through the images in this book.”

Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro
by Steve J. Sherman with Jamie Bernstein
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication date: December 11, 2018
Hardcover: 200 pages
Product dimensions: 9 x 11 inches
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-57687-893-4
$40.00 US/CAN

Featured photographers (complete list)
Richard Avedon
Bradford Bachrach
Jamie Bernstein
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Richard Corkery
Eileen Darby
Bruce Davidson
J. Ehrenthal
Alfred Eisenstaedt
Arthur Elgort
Bill Eppridge
Leo Erken
Sam Falk
William Filene’s Sons Co.
Andrew French
Friedman-Abeles
Milton H. Greene
Ben Greenhaus
Henry Grossman
Erich Hartmann
Ken Heyman
Don Hunstein
Patrick Jarnoux
George Karger
Yousuf Karsh
Victor Kraft
Stanley Kubrick
Margery Lewis
John Lindsay
Manuel Litran
Frank Mastro
Joe McNally
Robert Millard
Gjon Mili
Arthur Mones
Carl Mydans
Hans Namuth
Gérard Neuvecelle
Arnold Newman
Ruth Orkin
Gordon Parks
Irving Penn
Ken Regan
Michael Rougier
Stephen Salmieri
I. W. Schmidt
Walter H. Scott
Thomas R. Seiler
Steve J. Sherman
W. Eugene Smith
Felicitas Timpe
Henry Tregillas
Pierre Vozlinsky
Heinz H. Weissenstein
Dan Weiner