Art & Soul is a large-format glossy coffee-table book, featuring intimate portraits of celebrities from the entertainment industry including TV, music, film 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. The book also contains a foreword by a celebrated public figure involved in this cause.
Celebrities photographed for the book include such luminaries as: Adrien Brody, Zooey Deschanel, Adrian Grenier, Anne Hathaway, Samuel L. Jackson, Joe Mantegna, Amanda Peet, John Turturro, Kerry Washington 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
Robin Bronk is the Executive Director of The Creative Coalition, the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan social and political advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment industry. Ms. Bronk is also the Director of Cause Celebre, an APCO division that matches celebrities and entertainment leaders with national causes and issues of importance; additionally, she serves on the New York Cultural Task Force, is a board member of The White House Project and Young Playwrights Inc., and a member of the Public Relations Society of America and Women of Washington. She has won numerous awards and honors for her public affairs work.
For the past 30 years, Brian Smith's bold graphic portraits of famous faces have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine and British GQ. Just five years of out college, Smith won The Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photos of Haiti in turmoil. His prize-winning work has been featured at the Library of Congress and the Aperture Gallery, is the president of Editorial Photographers and is frequently a speaker at seminars around the country.