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Melvin Sokolsky Art

American, 1933-2022

Through his lens, Melvin Sokolsky built a world of surreal mystery. His most iconic series, depicting a woman in a plexiglass bubble, remains one of the most recognizable works of fine art photography today.

Born in New York City in 1933, he had no formal photography training. Instead, he learned by experimenting with his father’s box camera and analyzing photographs his father had developed. 

At 21, he joined the staff at Harper's Bazaar. Soon after, Sokolsky landed projects for many other notable magazines, including Esquire and McCall’s. He went on to teach at the School of Visual Arts.

In 1969, Sokolsky became a television commercial director. He won several Clio Awards, as well as numerous other major commercial awards. Many of his commercials are in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collections. Sokolsky developed a computerized zoom lens, which he presented at the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1972; he went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for the technology. 

Across his career, Sokolsky photographed or directed a number of celebrities, including American actors Ben Affleck and Dustin Hoffman, as well as American singing and acting legend Barbara Streisand.

Sokolsky received an abundance of recognition for his work, including being named an Explorer of Light by the Canon camera company in 1995. He received the first annual Lucie Award for outstanding achievement in fashion photography in 2003, and the Louvre in Paris held a celebration for his work that same year.

Sokolsky exhibited at many world-class galleries, including at Staley-Wise in New York in 1997, Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles 2008 and Galerie Acte 2 in Paris in 2010 and 2011.

Towards the end of his life, Sokolsky worked for Canon, lecturing internationally and serving as one of its global company ambassadors. He died in 2022. His body of work spanning several decades is in numerous prestigious collections, including the Getty in Los Angeles and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

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Artist: Melvin Sokolsky
Tooker Lips, New York, 1965
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer on the verso
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Archival Pigment

Christy Turlington, San Francisco
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed in pencil on recto, signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso, stamped with photographers copyright Gelatin silver print Image 16 1/2"x12 3/4", Paper 20x16, Matted 24x20
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1990s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Silver Gelatin

Fly Dior, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and titled in pencil on verso Gelatin silver print Image 9x9", Paper 14x11", Matted 20x16"
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Silver Gelatin

Look Down, Bazaar
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and titled in pencil on verso Gelatin silver print
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Materials

Silver Gelatin

Sidekick
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Signed and titled in pencil on verso Gelatin silver print Image 9x9",Paper 11x14", Matted 16x20"
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21st Century and Contemporary Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Silver Gelatin

Saint Germain, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Unique gelatin silver print Signed, dated, and numbered (1/-1) in pencil, verso This artwork is offered by ClampArt, located in New York City.
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1960s Other Art Style Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Silver Gelatin

Lip Streaks (Donna Mitchell), New York
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Materials

Archival Pigment

Bubble Seine, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Paper 35 1/4 x 30 inches; Image 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches Edition 5 of 7 Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil on print verso The American photographer, Melvin Sokolsky, began...
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1860s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Platinum

Look Down, Bazaar
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Paper 30 x 39 1/4 inches; Image 27 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches Edition 4 of 7 Signed, titled, dated, and numbered in pencil on print verso The American photographer, Melvin Sokolsky, began...
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Platinum

Think On Air, Paris, 1965 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography)
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in London, GB
Think On Air, Paris, 1965 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography) Signed On Reverse Archival Pigment Print Printed on 16 X 20 inch paper From an Edition of 25 Melvin Sokolsk...
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Materials

Archival Pigment

School Yard Tree, Paris, 1963 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography)
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in London, GB
School Yard Tree, Paris, 1963 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography) Signed On Reverse Silver Gelatin Print Printed on 20 X 16 inch paper From an Edition of 25 Melvin Sokol...
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Materials

Silver Gelatin

In Trees, Paris, 1963 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography)
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in London, GB
In Trees, Paris, 1963 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography) Signed On Reverse Archival Pigment Print Printed on 30 X 30 inch paper From an Edition of 25 Melvin Sokolsky (born 1933) is celebrated as an important pioneer of illusory fashion photography. He has worked for Vogue and The New York Times, as well as Harper’s Bazaar, for which he produced the iconic Bubble series...
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Archival Pigment

Bouquet Seine, Paris, 1963 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography)
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in London, GB
Bouquet Seine, Paris, 1963 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography) Signed On Reverse Archival Pigment Print Printed on 20 X 16 inch paper From an Edition of 25 Melvin Sokolsky (born 1933) is celebrated as an important pioneer of illusory fashion photography. He has worked for Vogue and The New York Times, as well as Harper’s Bazaar, for which he produced the iconic Bubble series...
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Archival Pigment

Bar du Baguette, Paris, 1963 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography)
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in London, GB
Bar du Baguette, Paris, 1963 - Melvin Sokolsky (Black and White Photography) Signed On Reverse Archival Pigment Print Printed on 20 X 16 inch paper Melvin Sokolsky (born 1933) is celebrated as an important pioneer of illusory fashion photography. He has worked for Vogue and The New York Times, as well as Harper’s Bazaar, for which he produced the iconic Bubble series...
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Materials

Archival Pigment

Green Angel, New York
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Availability is subject to change without notice. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bar du Flick, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

After Delvaux, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Ali du Taxi, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bar du Baguette, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bar du Taxi, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bicycle Street, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bird Cage Intrigue, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bird Cage Laugh, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bird Cage Pout, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bouquet Seine, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Delvaux Puzzled, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Delvaux Street, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Delvaux Chase, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Delvaux Empty Street, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Dragon's Breath, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Du Taxi, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Faces in Window, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Flower Girl Faces, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Free Bubble Parking, New York
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bubble Guitar, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

In Trees, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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Archival Pigment, Silver Gelatin

Le Dragon, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Lumiere Street, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Memory Lane, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

On the Seine, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Over New York
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Over New York
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Pont Alexandre III at Night, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Rolling, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

On the Roof, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

School Yard Sky Watch, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

School Room, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

School Yard Tree, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Bubble Guitar Serenade, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Serenade Breath, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Saint Germain, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Time Stop Street, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

With Chair, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Dior Wings, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Elephant Dance, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Fly Elephants, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Fly Dior, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

Fly High, Paris
By Melvin Sokolsky
Located in New York, NY
Gelatin Silver or Archival Pigment Print. All editions signed by the photographer.
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1960s Melvin Sokolsky Art

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