Isolde Brielmaier: I am sparkling

N.V. Parekh & His Portrait Studio Mombasa, Kenya 1940-1980



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N.V. Parekh was an influential Indian-born portrait photographer whose studio, located in Mombasa in the 20th-century, attracted clients from East Africa and beyond. I Am Sparkling: N. V. Parekh and His Portrait Studio Clients-Mombasa, Kenya 1940 to 1980 is a discrete examination of an historically-significant artist and his distinct clientele; and the temporal, geographical, and cultural milieu in which their collaborations flourished. The manuscript is based on a rarely accessed photographic archive and is complemented by extensive interviews with Parekh’s diverse clientele, with a particular focus on women as clients of studio photographers.

Additional information

Weight 640 g
Dimensions 17.3 x 25 cm
Publisher name Damiani Editore
Publication date 23 June 2022
Number of pages 144
Format Hardback
Contributors Preface by Wangechi Mutu, Text by Isolde Brielmaier
Dimensions 17.3 x 25 cm
Weight 640 g


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Isolde Brielmaier is Deputy Director at the New Museum, Curator-at-Large at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in NYC, and Professor of Critical Studies in Tisch's Department of Photography, Imaging and Emerging Media at New York University. Other curatorial roles include six years as Executive Director and Curator of Arts, Culture & Community at Westfield World Trade Centre, and her current position as national advisor for Unbail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW), a role in which she advises on artist projects and installations, cultural events, and strategic and community partnerships across the organization. She is also Editor at Large at Air Mail, Graydon Carter's new media venture. Her publishing record is extensive, consisting of peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and dozens of catalogue essays. She recently edited and wrote an essay for the anthology, "Culture as Catalyst: Visual Culture & Social Issues" (Skidmore College/ Tang Museum Press, 2020), and is working on a co-edited volume of portraits and interviews with contemporary Black artists with Harvard's Henry Louis Gates Jr.