Keeping Time

Keeping Time

The Unseen Archive of Columbia Records: The Photographs of Don Hunstein

By Leo Sacks (Editor); Jon Pareles (Text by (Art/Photo Books)); Don Hunstein (Photographer)

Insight Editions, Hardcover, 9781608872244, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 2013


Don Hunstein’s images of music’s most influential artists are unforgettable. As Columbia Records’ staff photographer for more than four decades, Hunstein earned the trust and confidence of the most celebrated singers, songwriters, composers, and musicians of our time, including Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Bernstein, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, and Thelonious Monk, to name a few.

Hunstein photographed these greats with noticeable informality, demonstrating a perpetual ease with his subjects. With his relaxed approach, he was able to glean private moments from public lives filled with fascinating, telling, and intimate details. Logging his daily assignments, Hunstein created an archive of profound images that parallel the soundtracks to our lives. To this day, his work exists as a unique record chronicling the creative efforts and energies of the world’s greatest musicians.

About the Author

Jon Pareles is a rock critic for" The New York Times," He lives in New York City.

Praise For Keeping Time

A collection of gorgeous, never-before-seen photos from the Columbia Records archive, Keeping Time illustrates Hunstein’s ability to capture artists relaxing and being themselves.”BookPage

an irresistible and thrilling retrospective collection of black-and-white photographs documenting performances and historic recording sessions and capturing unique glimpses into the personalities of original and influential musiciansAs for Hunstein, he modestly shrugs off the aesthetic, psychological, even metaphorical dimensions of his keenly observant and strongly composed photographs, explaining "I just did my job." Well said. But these portraits of artists at work are, without question, works of art.”Booklist

In today's celebrity-obsessed world, most images of stars tend to be contrived, taken in controlled environments. The paparazzi would love the access Don Hunstein enjoyed for decades Keeping Time is a trove of mostly unseen and intimate black and white images of jazz, rock, soul, and classical greats who recorded on the Columbia label.” BBC News Magazine

when I pick up a photo book, I want the images to do the lifting Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein, a wonderful new retrospective from Insight Editions, accomplishes exactly that this coffee table must-have is all meat and potatoes, showcasing the mostly unseen and intimate images of Hunstein, who spent three decades as Columbia Records' official photographer.”Mother Jones