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 riveting landscape photographs she preserved, including works by Mario Giacomelli and Arthur Rothstein, as well as other leading 20th century photographers.
The present lot is a seminal work by the artist Mario Giacomelli, depicting an aerial view of fields from the mid twentieth-century. The work is from one of Giacomelli’s most recognizable series, “The Landscapes” (1954-2000).
The present lot depicts the characteristic towers of New York City’s Wall Street in 1958, a time of exhilarating prosperity in the city’s financial industry.
The present lot depicts an aerial view of a parking lot, making for a compositionally striking and provocative image.
Arthur Rothstein’s iconic portrait of a steer skull in the barren, drought-ravaged landscape embodies a directness and raw presence characteristic of the American West and of Rothstein’s unflinching eye.
In Bullock’s diverse oeuvre, the photographer aimed to convey his subjects as vividly as possible. He has said, “I love the medium of photography, for with its unique realism it gives me the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding and say, ‘This is real, too.’”