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Finding Aid for the James Arkatov Photograph Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: James Arkatov Photograph Collection
    Collection number: 340
    Creator: Arkatov, James
    Extent: 2975 photographs
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. University of California, Library Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Selected digitized images from this collection.
    Abstract: The collection consists of photographs of musicians and fine artists taken by the cellist, James Arkatov. The photographs are in the process of being digitized. The finding aid will continue to be updated as the digital files become available.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Performing Arts Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], James Arkatov Photograph Collection, 340, University of California, Library Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Biographical Note

    Jim Arkatov has had distinguished careers as a musician and photographer. He was born in Odessa, Russia and left with his family at an early age for San Francisco, where he developed as a child prodigy and gave his debut cello recital at age 14. At age 18, he was invited by Fritz Feiner to join the Pittsburgh Symphony. Later, he joined the San Francisco Symphony with Pierre Monteux, and went on to be principal cellist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra under Fabien Sevitzky.
    Arkatov returned to California in 1946 as a freelance musician in major studios of Hollywood and was later appointed principal cellist of the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Continuing his solo activities, he appeared in the Monday Evening Concert Series. In 1956, he married Salome Ramras, and they performed a piano-cello duo, performing in concerts throughout California. In 1968, he founded the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and was its first principal cellist.
    He had begun his photographic career when he was with the Pittsburgh Symphony. In 1990, these photographs became the basis of his first book, "Masters of Music." In 1998, he published his second book, "Artists: The Creative Personality." He has permanent and rotating exhibits of his photographs at the Colburn School of Music, the Cedar-Sinai Hospital and the Doheny Library of the University of Southern California.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of photographs of jazz musicians performing in the Los Angeles area; classical musicians, and fine artists taken by cellist, James Arkatov.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Jazz Musicians
    • Series 2. Classical Musicians
    • Series 3. Fine Artists