Personalities


 

Leonard Bernstein

August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990

Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, and pianist. His 32 year long run with the New York Philharmonic contributed to his success and fame. He is considered to be one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century.

In this series,  Bernstein and his protege, Michael Tilson Thomas (pictured next to Bernstein in the 2nd image and in his own series), conducted a symphony concert of music by Danbury composer, Charles Ives at his Centennial Concert on July 4, 1974 at the Danbury State Fairgrounds in Danbury, Connecticut. Approximately 10,000 people attended the event.

 


 

Michael Tilson Thomas

b. December 21, 1944

Michael Tilson Thomas is an American composer, conductor and pianist. He is currently the Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony as well as the Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony. He came into international recognition at the young age of 24 during his debut conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969. He worked with Bernstein (pictured in the second image) during his time conducting the Young People's Concert Series at the New York Philharmonic during the 1970's. Thomas' performance followed Bernstein at the Charles Ives Centennial Concert in Danbury, Connecticut on July 4, 1974.


 

Bruce Davidson

b. September 5, 1933

Bruce Davidson is an American photographer living and working in New York City.  He started photographing city life in Chicago at the age of 10. Later in his life, after photographing for the army, he began working for Life Magazine in 1957 and then became a full-time member of Magnum in 1958. Davidson received a Guggenheim Grant in 1962 for his documentation of the Civil Rights Movement. He also received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant in 1967.  He most well known for his photography of New York, including the streets of Harlem and the urban life of the subway. 

In this series, Davidson was asked to give a lecture for the School of Visual Arts on the terrace of MOMA in the autumn of 1970.