By Penny Johnson, Contributing Author
In the thirty-plus years of a photography career that has produced iconic images of countless legendary musicians of the twentieth century, Don Hunstein was the photographer of choice for the Canadian pianist and recording artist, Glenn Gould.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri and a graduate of Washington University, Hunstein was one of the top staff photographers for Columbia Records (later Sony Classical). His post with Columbia enabled him to collaborate with such musical giants as Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Aretha Franklin, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Vladimir Horowitz and Yo Yo Ma.
After signing a contract with Columbia Records in 1955, Gould came to work with Hunstein on many occasions until the early 1980s, both at the 30th Street Studio in New York and later in Toronto.