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Melvin Sokolsky, 2012
Melvin Sokolsky (b. Oct. 9, 1933); American photographer and film director.
Born in New York City, Sokolsky was raised on the Lower East Side. He had no formal training in photography, but started to use his father's box camera at about the age of 10. Always analytical, he started to realize the role that emulsion played as he compared his own photographs with those his father had kept in albums through the years. "I could never make my photographs of Butch the dog look like the pearly finish of my father's...
When Melvin Sokolsky, all of 25 years old and already a regular contributor to Harper's Bazaar, shot the 1963 Paris collection, he forecast a change of language in fashion photography. Diana Vreeland, asking for something original, found herself in a spontaneous and unique collaboration that combined the surrealist cinematics of the avant garde 60s, aspects of the burgeoning egalitarian street photography movement, and the astringency of high fashion. Brought to life by his favorite photographic subject, Simone d'Aillencourt, Sokolsky's "Bubble" series set a new standard in fashion photography.
By 1965, Sokolsky was an established name in the world of fashion photography, and his follow-up project, "Fly" with model Dorothea McGowan, broadened the scope of his vision and the breadth of his artistic statement. From the gentle floating of the bubble to the whimsical flights of fashion, Paris 1963 / Paris 1965 showcases these two projects with a series of iconic and striking, newly discovered images from the series.
...At 21 Melvin Sokolsky joined the staff of Harper's Bazaar. He has since been honored with 25 Clio Awards and a Directors Guild nomination. His work is included in numerous private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Melvin Sokolsky currently lives in Los Angeles.