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Taking a Look at NEA National Heritage Fellows

Text by Paulette Beete
Images by Tom Pich

Since the early 1990s, photographer Tom Pich, a native New Yorker, has traveled the U.S. meeting with and photographing NEA National Heritage fellows in their living rooms, in their studios, and in the landscapes that inspire them. Pich was inspired to take on this lifelong project after reading about the fellows in a 1991 issue of National Geographic. As of 2009, Pich had photographed more than 150 of these master artisans, tradition-keepers, and folk and traditional arts advocates. Here are several new portraits shot by Pich in the last couple of years. Check out our 2009 NEA Arts issue on Folk and Traditional Arts to see more of these extraordinary portraits. And don't forget to visit to learn more about these and all of our NEA National Heritage Fellows!

Genoveva Castellanoz, Mexican-American corona maker

Danongan Kalanduyan, Filipino-American Kulintang Musician

Chris Strachwitz, Record producer and label founder. First recipient of Bess Lomax Hawes Award

Joe Willie Pinetop Perkins, Blues Piano Player

Horace P. Axtell, Nez Perce Drum Maker, Singer, Tradition Bearer

Amma McKen, Yoruba Orisha singer

PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, Taiko Drum Leaders

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