This feature first ran in 2010. We revive it in honor of Bernstein's 97th birth anniversary on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Steve J. Sherman is a familiar face to concertgoers in New York, not as a performer, but as the city's most prominent concert photographer. From mid-1980s until 2000, he was on call seven nights a week to document concerts for the New York Times. In roughly that same period he was the official house photographer for Carnegie Hall, where he continues to work frequently.
One of Sherman's most famous subjects has been Leonard Bernstein. His photographs of the iconic conductor and composer are featured in a new book called Leonard Bernstein at Work: His Final Years, 1984-1990. He tells Jeff Spurgeon about its genesis:
Steve Sherman narrates a selection of images from Leonard Bernstein at Work: