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Composer / Conductor Leonard Bernstein, 1977

Jack Mitchell photographed Leonard Bernstein for The New York Times on December 1, 1977 and also learned a valuable lesson from him. Making small talk, Mitchell asked him what his favorite music was to conduct. Bernstein's answer was "Whatever I am conducting at that moment." After that session, whenever anyone asked Mitchell who his favorite subject was, he answered "Whomever I am photographing at that moment!"

- Craig B. Highberger