With 100 exquisite photos and 50,000 well-chosen words, 25¢ a Cup is beautifully illustrated quick and deep. It features an unusual quest—a desire to write and photograph in a city like the bohemian Paris of the late 1920s so loved by Hemingway, Henry Miller, and the photographer Brassaï. While Paris had no place in 2019 for struggling and impoverished artists, in Calcutta I found hotels, cafes, and a community of travelers that did. I wrote this travel-memoir during the year I photographed Calcutta’s streets and slums for NGOs helping the city’s most destitute and for my own portfolio. It was a year of coming to terms with my privilege and my art.
As it searches for that lost city of art, 25¢ a Cup interweaves the extraordinary events that took place in Calcutta in the early nineteenth century when the world’s first multinational corporation ruled a culture little changed since the time of ancient Greece.
Like his earlier work, the legendary If Monks had Macs virtual monastery library, 25¢ a Cup is a wild mix of art, ideas, and adventure.