LESTER BOOKBINDER: The Management Today covers.


Penn and Avedon are almost as well-known today as they were when they were alive and working.
It’s rare to be given a treatment, whether photographic or film, that doesn’t reference at least one of their images.

Why not? They were two of the three best commercial photographers of the last century.
The third has been virtually forgotten.
Google ‘Bookbinder’ and you’ll be lucky to find a handful of images.
(And those images will be very small.)
I’m going to try to change that.

Here’s the first tranche; The Management Today covers he did with the art director Roland Schenk.
Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Guinness 2'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Whisky'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today  'Ticket'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Mirror Thing'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Yellow Thing'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Tree Box Thing'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Green Jelly'*-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Yellow Tickertape'*-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'DNA'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today '**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Blue Bottle'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Wirey Thingy'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Cog'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Sparkler Bottle'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Blood Pint'** Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'American Wool'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Dead Bug'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Peppers'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'ZigZags'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Smash'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Electric'*-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Green Shoe'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'White Circle Abstract'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Collar'*-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Egg'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today -Rolls'-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Burning £'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Matchsticks'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Buterfly'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Red Balls'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Green Pound'*-01 Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Stripes'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Mags'**Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Pound'*-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Airplane'**-01Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Crystal'**-01
He didn’t just shoot covers.
Occasionally he shot stories.
Lester Bookbinder Ford Spread, Management Today-01  Lester Bookbinder, Management Today 'Guinness 1 Spread'-01Lester Bookbinder ad, BSB, 1976-01

N.B. Thanks to Matthew Gwyther and Sarah Ozgul at Management Today for allowing me to access their archives, and Matthew Ford for putting us together.

P.S.  If anyone is in contact with Lester or has copies of his work, please get in touch:  dave@davedye.com

6 responses to LESTER BOOKBINDER: The Management Today covers.

  1. He is amazing you used to be able to buy prints through the Photographers gallery alas no longer. One I remember and always wanted was a ladies handbag with an angry face made from $ bills, unfortunately I was a lowly assistant then and did not have the cash, tried to track it down since with no luck.

  2. Harry Borden says:

    Hi,
    I popped in to see Lester about 6 months ago. He’s still at the same address. We looked through some of his vintage print collection. Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and many more. He really helped me when I first started. I assisting him and he introduced me to other photographers like David Montgomery who had assisted him.

  3. Astonished says:

    Astonished by this find. And even more astonished, that I can’t find anything at all about Management Today in 70s. As I understand MT is no more? What kind of mag it was? Was editorial design as good as the covers?

    • dave dye says:

      A) It was a business magazine, like Fortune.

      B) It’s still going, but has changed it’s design philosophy.

      C) The insides are as well designed and shot as the covers.

      D) It’s Art Director Roland Schenk helped launch most of the best photographers in Britain between 1970 -1985.

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