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This book is my personal photographic memoir of Marina, my wife whom I lost to cancer in the summer of 1998. It is also intended to be a tribute to a very special woman who happened to become part of my life when we first met in 1986, lived together for eight years before formally marrying in 1994.
Radiantly attractive and intellectually fearless Marina made an impression on most people who happened to meet her. She took you by surprise with her outspokenness that was a mark of her inspired conversation. But it was her sincerity towards others and deep faith in herself which, combined with her irrepressible humor, made her unforgettable.
Given her personal attractiveness and the passionate nature of her personality, it was no surprise that I found her extremely photogenic and photographed her as part of our life together.
The great desire of Marina was to write. Besides working on her poetry she wrote her personal journal in which she obsessively recorded her struggle to know herself better and to get in touch with her deepest nature. This book combines my photographs of her with excerpts from her writings to give a more complete picture of the unique person that Marina was.
Originally from India, Arvind Garg moved to the United States in 1976. Since 1985 he has lived and worked as a fine art photographer in New York City. India and America remain of special significance to him, but Arvind sees himself a citizen of the world, so he likes to travel and visit and photograph as many places as his means allow him. For many years in the 1980s and 1990s he worked as a freelance photographer for the Sunday Travel Section of the New York Times which gave him the opportunity to photograph in many countries across the globe. Arvind's images are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Madison Art Center, Wisconsin, the Historical Society of Wisconsin, as well as in several corporate and private art collections. Arvind is a contributing member of Corbis and Getty Images photo agencies.