People: Legends in Life and Art

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Photographs by Roloff Beny - passionate traveler, acclaimed photographer and creator of sixteen remarkable books - have until now conjured up timeless images of classical art and architecture, the beauty of nature and the exotic ritual of far-away lands. Here, at last, springs to life Beny's best-kept secret, buried deep in the archive at his home in Rome since his untimely death in 1984: an array of superlative portraits of some of the most famous and celebrated figures of our time, people from the creative world of the visual and performing arts, from literature and fashion, from politics, society and royalty.
Beny, a native Canadian, first came to Europe in 1948 to study art and tour the classical sites of the eastern Mediterranean, and could soon count among his close friends Jean Cocteau, Tennessee Williams, Henry Moore, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and the legendary art collector Peggy Guggenheim.
People also includes some of Beny's finest and most lyrical studies of Renaissance and oriental sculpture, paired with powerful shots of ordinary people and ritual life discovered during his travels, which took him to more than forty countries around the globe.

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Mitchell Crites is an art historian, writer, and lecturer who has lived in India for 35 years.

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Canadian photographer Beny--best known for his pictures of landscape, sculpture, and architecture--left unfinished an album of portraiture when he died in 1984. That project his biographer Mitchell Crites has completed; we should all be grateful. Beny's work, mostly in duotone, is elegant and rich. He employed an extraordinarily complete tonal palette; virtually every shade appears in his images, but opaque, velvety black and stark white, always. He was fond of that dramatic composition, the silhouette; preferred the casual pose to the formal; and did no studio work. He hobnobbed with the famous and talented rather than with pop celebrities, so the musicians, writers, and actors represented here include not rock stars, pop novelists, or TV idols, but the likes of Glenn Gould, Isak Dinesen, and Vivien Leigh. The most beautiful juxtapositions of images in the book are in a section that frequently has a figure sculpture facing a live person, and the book begins with seven luscious color shots of ordinary people in India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Nepal. Ray Olson

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