The songbirds of China

The 1930s Shanghai’s Jazz scene rivalled those of Paris or New York  but it was the female vocalists who defined the era. Glass speaks to two living legends. In 1934, jazz composer and pianist Duke Ellingto...

Rethinking China

“Study the past if you would define the future” – Confucius (551 – 479 BC) Modern China adores education. Learning for Chinese students constitutes an immemorial praxis of the highest cultural value. ...

Portrait of a woman

Charlotte Rampling is one of fashion and cinema’s most enduring icons, immortalised by Helmut Newton, muse to Yohji Yamamoto, revered by legions of creative greats. Glass spends a day in Paris with a living l...

The actress

Olga Kurylenko has achieved the impossible. She has successfully established a serious acting career after achieving the mixed blessing of starring as a Bond girl in 2008’s Quantum of Solace. The question o...

Greats of grace

Clement Crisp, ballet critic for the Financial Times for over 40 years, talks to Glass about man’s most graceful form of expression and names the world’s greatest living ballerinas. From his London home, wher...

Girl on film

Eminent Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s latest muse Ni Ni has taken China by storm with her breathtaking performances. Glass photographed her in November for Glass issue 12, Joy, in Beijing. Here is the exc...

From dust to dust

Quentin Tarantino, Hollywood’s perennial über-brat – but lest us forget, high craftsman of the hyperreal – throws up his “slavery epic” Django Unchained with little of his usual charismatic heft. This sadly...