Raimondo Borea’s 1979 portrait of author, activist and notable public intellectual James Baldwin.
In the 1970s, Borea had exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Firing Line, The Today Show, and The Tonight Show, where he captured candid portraits of the show’s hosts, including William F. Buckley, Jr., Johnny Carson, Hugh Downs, Dave Garroway, David Letterman, and Jack Paar. Among the guests that he photographed were Fred Astaire, James Baldwin, Salvador Dali, Bette Davis, Farrah Fawcett, Betty Friedan, Benny Goodman, Steve Martin, Ethel Merman, Robert Mitchum, Ayn Rand, Eleanor Roosevelt, Twiggy, Gore Vidal, and TomWolfe. Borea is also known for his compelling NYC street photography work. Several telecasts of Borea’s photographs were also presented on The Today Show, narrated by Hugh Downs.
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