Ruth Orkin, Bernstein Playing Piano, 1947
Ruth Orkin, Marian Anderson and Leonard Bernstein, Lewinsohn Stadium, 1947
Leonard Bernstein (American, August 25, 1918–October 14, 1990 was an acclaimed conductor, composer, author, and pianist. His fame derived from his long career as the music director of the New York Philharmonic, conducting concerts with most of the world’s leading orchestras. As a composer he is best known for his musical West Side Story, as well as Candide, Wonderful Town, and On the Town.
These portraits of Bernstein at work were taken by Ruth Orkin (American, 1921–1985), an award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker, who took many great pictures of New York, celebrities, and classical musicians.