Art & Soul is a large-format glossy coffee-table book, featuring intimate portraits of celebrities from the entertainment industry including film, television, music and stage. The stunning images, shot by Pulitzer prize-winning photographer Brian Smith, are accompanied by personal testimonials from each artist expressing the importance of the arts in our culture and the positive impact it has on our lives.
The notes - in each artist's own handwriting - range from whimsical to weighty, but all offer insight into the individual's background and how their lives were shaped by art.
Celebrities photographed for the book include such luminaries as: Anne Hathaway, Samuel L. Jackson, Adrien Brody, Adrian Grenier, Kelsey Grammer, Joe Mantegna, Alyssa Milano, Harry Belafonte, Amanda Peet, John Turturro, Kerry Washington, Zooey Deschanel and many more.
The book is created in partnership with The Creative Coalition, the premier public advocacy charity, founded by prominent figures in the entertainment industry. It is an important part of a campaign to focus national attention on the need to ensure that arts in America thrive and flourish.
A terrific gift, Art & Soul also helps to support the arts, inspiring future generations of creative artists and improving our lives.
About the Author
Celebrity portrait photographer Brian Smith is a Pulitzer Prize winner and Sony Artisan of Imagery. His bold, iconic portraits of celebrities and athletes have graced the cover and pages of hundreds of magazines for the past 30 years. His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when he was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competition. Smith's work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress and the Aperture Gallery. He is the President of Editorial Photographers and frequently a speaker at photography schools and seminars around the country.