The Ara Gallant photographs span the years 1974-1985 and encompass 14 linear feet. The collection
consists of 16,762 items. The photographs, primarily of major celebrities, were taken by Gallant in New
York City primarily for magazine publishing clients, including A&M Records, Andy Warhol's Interview,
McCall's, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Vogue and Italian Vogue, and Weekend. The photography was created both
in Gallant's studio and at various interior and exterior locations in New York. The material consists of
original black-and-white negatives, original color slides and color transparencies, and black-and-white
photographic prints and proof sheets; much of the material is oversized.
Ara Gallant was an American still photographer. He was a hair and makeup stylist for New York
commercial fashion photographers during the 1960s and early 1970s. He launched his own Manhattan based
commercial still photography business in the early 1970s and subsequently developed his own distinctive
style, photographing scores of prominent personalities of the 1970s and 1980s. Around 1988 he moved to
Los Angeles, where he tried to sell a screenplay and launch film production projects.
14 linear feet of photographs.
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