In Pasadena last spring, a bevy of music-lovers went to the railroad station to greet Maestro Arturo Toscanini. Bulky Photographer Howard Ballew was on hand to cover the arrival for Hearst’s Los Angeles Herald & Express. Said Wilfred L. Davis of the Southern California Symphony Association, eyeing Ballew’s camera: “Are you going to photograph Mr. Toscanini?”

Ballew retorted, with the politeness of his trade: “None of your business.”  TIME MAGAZINE Feb. 11, 1946

I think this reporter just called the photographer fat and rude… What I’ll say is he took great photos.

Photographer Howard Ballew

Photographer Howard Ballew 1960

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