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Art & Soul: Stars Unite to Celebrate and Support the Arts Hardcover – October 26, 2011

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"So giant-size big...the book needs a grand piano, not a coffee table on which to rest."
-- CINDY ADAMS / PAGE SIX / NEW YORK POST

"When you look through the book, you'll be reminded of why you became a creative artist in the first place...Seeing the magnificent portraits and reading the words of these enormously talented performers can't help but inspire you."
-- CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON / DIGITAL PHOTO PRO


"Some photographs made me do a double take because of how beautiful the shots were. Prints that were so beautiful they may as well have been paintings."
-- SHAMONTIEL VAUGHN / CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"256 pages of exceptionally beautiful portraits...captured against a simple black backdrop so the essence of the subject dominates the photograph. Suggest Art & Soul to portrait photographers and students looking to capture captivating images with simple lighting and a sharp eye."
- INSIDE EDGE MAGAZINE

"Not only will you see fabulous shots of your favorite celebs, but you'll also get to read personal messages from them on the importance of arts education."
-- MELODY NAZARIAN / POPSUGAR / LOS ANGELES

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After two years and 25,000 photographs, ART & SOUL, produced by The Creative Coalition with the support of Sony, showcases creative artists from film, television, music and stage brought together by The Creative Coalition to voice their support for the arts and arts education. Portraits of 123 celebrities are paired with their handwritten testimonials about the importance of the arts. ART & SOUL is a wonderful way to support the arts. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the book go to support the arts advocacy programs of The Creative Coalition, the premiere nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Making it a wonderful way for those lucky enough to make a living from the arts to have an opportunity to show support and give back
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Filipacchi Publishing; First Edition edition (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936297469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936297467
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 13.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #669,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Perry Beeman on November 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a great idea to pair famous actors' and musicians' handwritten messages in support of the arts with compelling portraits by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith. The messages run from funny to completely serious, all of them making the point that the arts aren't a luxury in a developed society. They are essential. Smith's photos run the gamut from simple, elegant images to fun, sometimes funny, frames that capture the playful side of actors and musicians.
In opening notes, Smith offers a bonus: liner notes of sorts about experiences the veteran portrait photographer of the stars had with the famous and the harried. "Frasier" and "Cheers" veteran Kelsey Grammer tried to slink out of the photo session after 12 frames. Smith coyly said that was fine, but that Grammer's "Frasier" colleague David Hyde Pierce had offered more time. Grammer stayed, sheepish, competitive grin and all.
Many of the handwritten messages from the stars recall early influences that molded their experience. They paint the arts as life-sustaining. But they try not to take it all too seriously. "Art is fart with out the 'f'," one star notes.
Smith's stellar images -- all wonders of lighting, mood and makeup -- tell a lot of stories. They note that some stars are uncanny in their ability to remain beautiful: actors Cheryl Hines andArt & Soul: Stars Unite to Celebrate and Support the Arts Lynn Whitfield, trumpeter Chris Botti, dancing actor Ben Vereen, actor Alfre Woodard. They show the playfulness exhibited by both the stars and Smith, who long ago flawlessly morphed from daily news photographer to world-class portrait creator.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Muetterties on November 6, 2011
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Being a photographer myself I totally appreciate work like this. I rarely buy books of photography, but I am glad I bought this one. I had the opportunity to meet Brian recently at a workshop in SF and he is also a great teacher and person. It is great to see someone giving back like this. This is truly a great work of photography that means much more to me because I met the author briefly and found him to be a genuine person. People love to pick it up and spend what time they have looking through it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Inner on October 21, 2011
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Checked out Brian Smith's speaking engagement for his book "Art & Soul" last night @ Books & Books in Coral Gables, and the stories he related regarding, concept , technique and simple good fortune were as great as not only the book's imagery, but also its concept! LOVED the fact subjects were asked to put writing instrument to paper after their shoot and relate what ART means to them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruby Batchelor on May 5, 2012
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It's difficult to say what's most powerful about "Art & Soul." The remarkable portraits by Brian Smith? The funny, fervent & sometimes sweetly confessional comments about the role that art has played, & continues to play, in the lives of Smith's famous subjects? Or the cause behind the book itself- the need to support & fund the arts when so many consider them frivolous, a waste of time & money, or simply unnecessary? It's not surprising that the words that stars, ranging from the luminous Anne Hathaway to the legendary Harry Belefonte, call upon most to describe the impact & importance of art are "love", "connection", "inspiration," & more than a few allusions to art as a life raft of sorts. All of the aspects of art that compel the use of these terms are evident in the book. You'll find, beauty, intellect, humor, vulnerability, strength & a mirror of universality that may, in fact, be the most powerful aspect of art, in its pages. As Matthew Modine says of art, "you can't eat it- yet it feeds us..." If this is true, & I believe it is, "Art & Soul" is a feast.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Story on October 20, 2011
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The first time I saw Brian Smith shoot, I realized how he makes those compelling portraits. Brian is like a sculptor. And with his camera he chips away all distracting elements until he discovers the essence of his subject.

You can experience this for yourself by getting your hands on a copy of Art & Soul, a stunning collection of portraits and thoughts by well-known actors, musicians, and filmmakers. Brian teamed up with editor Robin Bronk to portray the thoughts and images of dozens of stars sharing their views on the importance of art. The book was created in partnership with the Creative Coalition, and a portion of the proceeds will support their nonprofit programs.

I recommend it not only for all portrait photographers, but for anyone who loves the arts and admires those who create it. Art & Soul is inspiritional reading. You may want to buy two copies: one for the artist in your life, and the other for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Gale on January 1, 2012
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Art & Soul really is a beautiful book. The very consistent look and feel of the photographs allow the subjects personalities to really shine through. We are not distracted by elaborate sets and styling in the service of a new movie, tv show or album. Instead it is about the artist alone. In a wonderful addition the page adjacent to each portrait has that persons idea of what art means to them in their own hand. It is a very clever and quite insightful idea, and a wonderful execution of that idea.

In a time when arts funding is rapidly shrinking from all walks of life, this book is resounding clarion call for people to stand up and support the arts.
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