Don Hunstein at Lebrecht Garden Party 2009

Lebrecht enjoyed another successful garden party this year as renowned American music photographer, Don Hunstein, took to the mic. Despite having taken some of the most iconic music photographs of all time – the album cover of The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Leonard Bernstein at work, Johnny Cash in his classic black attire, Billie Holiday recording in the studio – Don was a modest and humble speaker. Norman Lebrecht, writer and broadcaster, with careful and intuitive questions, enabled him to explain how he worked with these artists. It became clear in the interview that by quietly watching and waiting from the outside he gained artists’ trust and was able to take such personal portraits.

Gathered around with wine and strawberries, the audience was treated to tales of Columbia Records during the 1960s, road trips with Glenn Gould and how National Service in England first introduced Don to the possibilities of photography. Many thanks to Don and his wife Deanne for making the trip from New York and to all our guests for attending. Looking forward to next year…

Photographs by © Kit Ryall

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