Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein
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Keeping Time: The Photographs of Don Hunstein

by Jon Pareles
     
 

From journalist and Grammy®-nominated music producer Leo Sacks, and New York Times chief popular music critic Jon Pareles, Keeping Time places Hunstein’s photos in the context of musical and social change, adding an untold chapter to the cultural history

Don Hunstein’s images of music’s most influential artists are unforgettable. As

Overview

From journalist and Grammy®-nominated music producer Leo Sacks, and New York Times chief popular music critic Jon Pareles, Keeping Time places Hunstein’s photos in the context of musical and social change, adding an untold chapter to the cultural history

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. Edited by journalist and Grammy®-nominated music producer Leo Sacks and with text by New York Times chief popular music critic Jon Pareles, Keeping Time places Hunstein’s photos in the context of musical and social change, adding an untold chapter to the cultural history of the second half of the twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
IBPA Ben Franklin Awards: Art/Photography, Gold Medal

IBPA Ben Franklin Awards: Coffee Table books, Gold Medal

IPPY Awards 2014: Photography, tied for Bronze

“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

Library Journal
12/01/2013
It is rare that a coffee-table book would seem too short. But with every image captured by record label photographer Hunstein in this volume, you'll want more: more shots of a pensive, nervous Aretha Franklin; more outtakes from The Freewheeling Bob Dylan cover shoot; more of Miles Davis looking self-aware in a mink coat; and extra images of Billie Holiday during a recording session. New York Times music critic Pareles skillfully curates the archival photos by Hunstein, who silently documented the art of creation before "selfies" and branding. The images reveal the evolution of access and image in pop culture: musicians who were snapped in awkward poses before the fame and those who preened after it, never to be caught candid again. It's as good a meditation on pop music and pop culture as is likely to be released this year. VERDICT Fine arts librarians and special collections archivists may find this a worthwhile complementary research tool; it's also an entertaining browse through history.—Stacie Williams, Lexington P.L., KY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608872244
Publisher:
Insight Editions
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
767,258
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 13.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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