About the Book
This book is a collection of photographic portraits of writers, artists and musicians taken during the last thirty years by the New York-based photographer, Arvind Garg.
The list of subjects includes major literary and musical figures of international renown of the last quarter of the twentieth century, such as novelists Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, Salman Rushdie, Joan Didion, Paul Auster, Gore Vidal, Michael Odantje; theater personalities Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, August Wilson, Peter Sellars, Eugene Ionesco ; Nobel laureates Doris Lessing, Joseph Brodsky; poets Stanley Kunitz, Allen Ginsberg, Jorge Luis Borges; dancers Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pilar Rioja; international writers such as Haruki Murakami, R. K. Narayan; composer Philip Glass; jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Sun Ra, Dewey and Joshua Redman; folk singer Pete Seeger; filmmakers Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, Jonathan Demme, Melvin Van Peebles; Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier and Bollywood stars Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar; Indian classical musicians Hariprasad Chaurasia, Zakir Hussain, Bismillah Khan; photographers Annie Leibovitz, Eugene Richards, Joe Rosenthal; painter and photogapher Stella Snead; fiber sculptor Lenore Lawney, and many many more.
With his educational background in literature and his love of art and music, Arvind Garg has always felt drawn to creators of art and literature, and with camera always in hand he is prepared to photograph them whenever there is an opportunity, which is not too infrequent in New York where he has lived since 1985.
To see more photos in the book, please visit Arvind's website: http://www.arvindgargphotoimages.com/portfolio.html
Originally from India, Arvind Garg moved to the United States in 1976. Since 1985 he has lived and worked as a fine art photographer in New York City. India and America remain of special significance to him, but Arvind sees himself a citizen of the world, so he likes to travel and visit and photograph as many places as his means allow him. For many years in the 1980s and 1990s he worked as a freelance photographer for the Sunday Travel Section of the New York Times which gave him the opportunity to photograph in many countries across the globe. Arvind's images are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Madison Art Center, Wisconsin, the Historical Society of Wisconsin, as well as in several corporate and private art collections. Arvind is a contributing member of Corbis and Getty Images photo agencies.