Here's Why They Called Her the 'Duchess of Carnegie Hall'

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Editta Sherman, a photographer dubbed the "Duchess of Carnegie Hall," died last week at age 101.

Sherman lived above the famed New York City hall for six decades. Billy Lyons, an actor and Sherman's friend, says she died Friday in her sleep.

Sherman was known for her portraits of musicians, actors and writers taken at Carnegie Hall. She was forced out of her studio in 2010 in a landlord-tenant battle.

A book of Sherman's portraits, titled Studio 1208: Camera Studies by Editta Sherman, is due out early next year. The number of her penthouse studio was 1208, with clients ranging from Elvis Presley and Joe DiMaggio to Tilda Swinton.

Below is a selection of classical musician portraits from the book, courtesy of its editor, Vicki Hansen.

David Mannes, violinist, conductor and co-founder of the Mannes College of Music

Leonard Bernstein, conductor and composer

Virgil Thomson, composer and writer


Leopold Stokowski, conductor

Ezio Pinza, bass


Clifford Curzon, pianist