Karl Bissinger studied painting before he began taking photographs in the 1940s, and he went on to shoot portraits as well as travel and fashion stories for Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Theatre Arts, and Town & Country. He was the staff photographer for the legendary Flair magazine. Bissinger eventually abandoned photography to work for the American Friends Service Committee and the War Resister's League, where he continues to work today. He lives in New York. Gore Vidal is the author of numerous books including, most recently, The Golden Age, a novel, and The Last Empire, a collection of essays. Catherine Johnson is the art buyer for the Arnold McGrath Worldwide advertising agency in New York. She serves as chair of the photography committee of the National Arts Club in New York.