The author, Donald Richie, internationally known as the foremost Western authority on Japanese film, is also acclaimed for his literary reviews and essays, and has written widely on the culture of the country which has been his home since 1947. Specifically, his novels about Japan have delighted and informed. These include Where Are the Victors?, Companions of the Holdiay, and Tokyo Nights.
The photographer, Alexandre Georges, has had a long and successful career in the arts. As a staff member at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he met and spent time in the company of Picasso, Matisse, Chagall, and others. He was a friend and colleague of Ansel Adams, with whom he collaborated on a number of shows. In 1976 in honor of the bicentennial of the United States, he was commissioned by the National Academy to provide material on the imporant architecture of the United States in the past 200 years. He is a gold medal recipient of the American Institute of Architects.