indra with charles henri ford and ruth ford snapshot by Dotson Radar January 1975
Charles, Indra, and Ruth in 1975, snapshot by Dotson Rader

Indra Tamang was born in a small Nepalese village in 1953. He met Charles Henri Ford while working in the dining room of a Kathmandu hotel in 1972 and soon began working for him. He came to New York with Charles in 1974, working first as his assistant and eventually as his collaborator on art and publishing projects for the rest of Charles’s life. Indra traveled widely with Charles for many years, spending a lot of time in Paris and Crete. Through Charles and Ruth he came to know a great many celebrated and influential people of many nationalities.

In addition to maintaining and promoting the work of Charles and Ruth, Indra continues with art projects of his own and occasionally shows his collage and photography work in New York. He is well known for his photographs of interesting people, from Mary McCarthy and Ted Joans to Andy Warhol and Ned Rorem. He was recently honored for being the first Nepalese photographer to work in the United States, where for several years he was the elected president of the Tamang Society of America. He lives in Queens, New York, with his wife and daughter. He is the author of the blog Hermitage.

Romy Ashby works with Indra on a variety of projects. She is the author of The Cutmouth Lady, a blog called Walkers in the City, and editor of Housedeer magazine. She was editor and writer of the small magazine Goodie for its ten-year existence, an issue of which featured Indra Tamang. All issues can be found on her web site.