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Yousuf Karsh, master photographer of the 20th century

Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro

Leonard Bernstein, 1985

Jamie Bernstein and Steve J. Sherman’s book Leonard Bernstein 100: The Masters Photograph the Maestro is out on the shelves now (Powerhouse Books, 2019). The book is chock full of personal letters, scores, as well as many photos, including this frame from Bernstein’s 1985 sitting with Karsh.

“Leonard Bernstein was constantly being photographed, but unlike most, he 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, present this remarkable collection of 100 iconic images, which tell the Maestro’s life story through the unique 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, further enhances this intimate journey into the life of an artist who changed the face of the 20th century.” (Powerhouse)

See another frame from the sitting.