Jane Wilson | Photographs by John Jonas Gruen

Jane Wilson: Photographs by John Jonas Gruen, with an introduction by Sam Swasey, is a photographic celebration of the life and work of acclaimed American artist Jane Wilson (1924-2015) by John Jonas Gruen her writer/photographer husband of 67 years. More than 175 evocative and deeply personal images chronicle their extraordinary life together from first meeting at the University of Iowa, marriage, moving to New York City, work and play on the East End of Long Island, and abroad, along with their daughter, Julia Gruen, and their myriad friends who comprised a who’s who of American artists, musicians, writers, actors, filmmakers and dancers in the second half of the 20th century.

Leonard Bernstein | An Album of Family & Friends

Leonard Bernstein: An Album of Family & Friends by John Jonas Gruen. 176 pages of intimate photos, with quotes by Leonard Bernstein, his family, and photographer/ author John Jonas Gruen.

What was it like, people always ask, growing up in that high-energy environment? I look at the pictures and try to go back, all those decades ago. Really: what was it like to live amongst grownups who had such exciting, glamorous and — let’s face it – rather un-grownup lives? To be a sulky, uncertain teenager amid all of that… no, it was not easy, and the photographs do remind me. I often felt like I had one pinky’s worth of grip on a vehicle that was flying way too fast for me. Looking back on it now, I realize, of course, that most of the grownups in those pictures must have felt the same way. Everyone was hanging on by their pinkies – but what a ride.
 
From the Foreword by Jamie Bernstein

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My New York | John Jonas Gruen

John Jonas Gruen shares his enduring love of New York City in this lavish 275-page coffee table book showcasing more than fifty years of his extraordinary photographs that celebrate every aspect of New York life, from the monumental to the mundane, the anonymous to the celebrated, the titillating to the tragic. Edited by Sam Swasey.

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