Keeping Time

The Photographs of Don Hunstein

By Don Hunstein (Photographer); Jon Pareles (Text by); Art Garfunkel (Foreword by); Leo Sacks (Editor)
(Insight Editions, Hardcover, 9781608872244, 224pp.)

Publication Date: November 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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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

Don Hunstein began shooting musical artists at Columbia Records full time in 1958. Throughout his distinguished career, he has shot nearly everyone on the Columbia Records list, including Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Aretha Franklin, Leonard Bernstein, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, and Thelonious Monk. He lives in New York, New York.

Jon Pareles is the chief popular music critic of the New York Times, a former music editor at Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, and the consulting editor of the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. He lives in New York, New York.

Art Garfunkel is a Grammy®-award winning American singer, poet, and Golden Globe–nominated actor. He lives in New York, New York.

Leo Sacks is a Grammy®-nominated music producer who has helped to preserve the legacies of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, Luther Vandross and Philadelphia International Records. He is also a broadcast news journalist for NBC Nightly News, and is making a documentary about the New Orleans gospel artist Raymond Myles.

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 musicians…As 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

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