David earned a B.S. at the University of Wisconsin and an M.A.
and Ph.D from Vanderbilt University. He was a faculty member in
the Department of Sociology at Temple University for thirty years
where he held various academic and administrative positions.
As a researcher, David specialized in the sociology of culture and
published work on popular music and society. In the mid-'70s he
began collaborating with life-long friend Milt Hinton, on Milt's
biography. Their efforts resulted in an award-winning book, Bass
Line: The Stories and Photographs of Milt Hinton (Temple
University Press, 1988) and the radio series Bass Lines (1990) that
was broadcast on more than a hundred public radio stations.
In 1981 David and Holly created the Milton J. Hinton Photographic
Collection, a repository for Milt’s sixty-thousand 35mm negatives.
In addition to conserving and continuously cataloging Hinton’s
work, the Collection curates exhibitions and arranges for the
reproduction of photographs in films, books, and electronic
media. Bass Line and a second book OverTme: The Jazz
Photographs of Milt Hinton (Pomegranate ArtBooks, 1991) by
Milt, David, and Holly, represent a cross-section of work from the
David has produced four Hinton CDs and several tribute concerts
for the JVC Jazz Festivals in New York City.
Holly's BFA degree in printmaking and photography from the
Tyler School of Art at Temple University (1975) was the
foundation for her later interest in the conservation of art on
paper, archival documents, and photographs. Before becoming
an art conservator, she worked in a Philadelphia photography
gallery, freelanced as a newspaper photojournalist, and was an
editorial assistant at Contact Press Images in New York City.
Holly received her art conservation training through a formal
apprenticeship with Marilyn Kemp Weidner in Philadelphia,
funded by the National Museum Act of the Smithsonian
Institution. Prior to establishing her own conservation practice,
she was on the staff of the Conservation Center for Art and
Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia.
Holly started to work with Milt's photographs in 1979 when Milt
and David were assembling material for Bass Line. She was
instrumental in editing and sequencing the photographs in both
Bass Line and OverTime.
David and Holly completed a documentary film Keeping Time:
The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton in 2002. It had its
world premier at the London Film Festival (2002), won the
Audience Choice Award at the Tribeca Film Festival (2003), and
has been shown at film festivals around the world. On April 12,
2005, it was broadcast on the PBS Series Independent Lens.
In 2008, Holly and David published Playing the Changes: Milt Hinton’s
Life in Stories and Photographs (Vanderbilt University Press).
The book updates Bass Line, uses many previously unpublished
photographs, and includes a Hinton bibliography, solography,
and a filmography. It was voted "Book of the Year" by the Jazz