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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Title: James Arkatov photographs and interviews
    creator: Arkatov, James
    Identifier/Call Number: 0191
    Physical Description: 3.37 Linear Feet 5 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1946-1999
    Date (bulk): bulk
    Abstract: James Arkatov was a cellist who photographed famous concert soloists performing. This collection consists of black and white prints of the photographs he took between 1946 and 1999 of musicians and artists, as well as interviews of artists.

    Biographical Note

    James Arkatov was born in 1920 and raised in San Francisco, where his father, Alexander Arkatov, owned a photography salon. James was a cellist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and NBC's orchestra and was a founder of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. While in Pittsburgh, James began to photograph famous soloists as they came through town and he continued to do so once he relocated to Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains approximately 200 black and white images of classical conductors and soloists performing, and 11 black and white and 1 color image of artists by James Arkatov. Most of the photographs of musicians appeared in the USC Libraries exhibition "Grace Notes" in 1995 and were published in Arkatov's book Masters of Music (Capra Press, 1990). Also included are audio cassettes of interviews conducted by Arkatov for his book project "Artists: the creative personality" in 1998.


    Photographs are arranged chronologically.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The collection contains published materials; researchers are reminded of the copyright restrictions imposed by publishers on reusing their articles and parts of books. It is the responsibility of researchers to acquire permission from publishers when reusing such materials. The copyright to unpublished materials belongs to the heirs of the writers. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], James Arkatov photographs and interviews, Collection no. 0191, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of James Arkatov.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Artists -- Interviews -- Archival resources
    Artists -- Photographs
    Exhibitions -- California -- Los Angeles -- Photographs
    Music -- Performance -- Photographs
    Musicians -- Photographs
    Musicians -- Portraits
    Photography -- Exhibitions
    Photographers -- United States -- Archival resources
    Arkatov, James -- Archives