Carol C. Carlisle (1924-2011) epitomized the artistry behind the art: As the Managing Editor of Popular Photography magazine nearly 35 years she was celebrated for her keen eye and unswerving sense of perfection. During her career, she preserved more than 1200 about-to-be-destroyed photos, at that time of mostly “unknowns.” But history has shown these photographic treasures were created by titans of early professional photography and that Carol Carlisle saved their work from oblivion. Here we see some of the more stunning photographs of nudes she preserved, including works by Fritz Henle, Bob Hollingsworth, and Lucien Clergue, among other leading 20th century photographers.
The present lot depicts a nude typical of Henle’s oeuvre. In this elegant composition, Henle provokes comparison in scale and form between the sinuous curves of his subject and the driftwood immediately beneath her.
In the present lot, the viewer is confronted with the massive, closely-cropped view of a sunbather’s back. The man’s glowing, solid heft becomes a sculptural form that fills the frame.
The present lot depicts a nude typical of Hollingsworth’s oeuvre. Masking his subject amidst the foliage of the background, Hollingsworth provides a visual narrative that teems with mystery and intrigue in a provocative composition.
Lucien Clergue is known for his nude photographs of women’s figures in diverse landscapes. Clergue maintained a close relationship with Picasso and the geometric qualities of Clergue’s compositions, such as his Zebra Nudes series, can be related to the fractured representations of female forms of the painter. Here, Clergue captures the nude form in various depths of water. The set includes: “Nu de la Mer (Buttocks),” “Nu de la Mer (Extended Nude),” “Nu de la Mer (Torso with Hair Over Breasts),” and “Nu de la Mer (Twisted Torso)”.
The present lot explores the experimental nature of Swedlund's oeuvre. Here, he depicts an image of a nude, captured within a field and through a fisheye lens, as is evidenced by the circular composition of the photograph.
Regarded as the pioneer of photomontage, Jerry Uelsmann is known for his abstract photographs and masterful printing techniques. Uelsmann draws from his archive of negatives, often reusing them by juxtaposing and superimposing images in the foreground and background of his complex tableaux. His aim is to lead his audience on a journey through an imaginary land, but allowing the viewer to analyze and interpret the scenario -- or not.