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 photographic portraits she preserved, including new images of celebrities such as Picasso, Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve, jazz greats Tommy Flanagan and Coleman Hawkins, beat poet Allen Ginsberg, eminent artist Andrew Wyeth, and more. Also seen are evocative portraits of ordinary people - of children, men at work, and more, all by leading 20th century photographers such as Giuseppe Pino, Douglas David, Duncan, and Mario Giacomelli.
Perry Riddle's depiction of the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg intimately conveys the comical spirit of this epic figure who was both a celebrity spirit and a literary icon.
The actor, cabaret singer and entertainer Maurice Chevalier, surrounded by a seemingly endless supply of his trademark boater hats. An icon in his day for popular hit songs and many musical films, Loebel’s portrait conveys Chevalier’s infectious, ebullient, spirit and friendly persona.
The modern artist Pablo Picasso “performing” the act of eating fish. Through this depiction, the photographer presents the mythic artist in a humorous, down-to-earth manner.
Leo Stashin has “captured” Weegee, alias Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), the notorious photojournalist who rose to fame in the early twentieth century for his daring and confrontational news photography. Always the first photographer to arrive at the scene of a crime, he became known as “Weegee the Famous.”
The celebrated musicians Tommy Flanagan, Coleman Hawkins, and Art Farmer, giants in the Detroit jazz music scene. The set includes: “Tommy Flanagan – Jazz Singer,” “Trumpet – Jazz Singer,” “Coleman Hawkins Smiling with Cigarette – Jazz Singer,” and “Coleman Hawkins with Fellow Musician and Saxophones – Jazz Singer.”
The famed actress, model, and singer Brigitte Bardot in her youth (French, b. 1934).
The famed French actress Catherine Deneuve on set of Francois Truffaut’s seminal film with the actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, “Mississippi Mermaid” (1969).
The American painter Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) as he poses under a chandelier in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Here Newman presents the artist in his typical stylistic manner of the "environmental portrait," creating a visually intriguing and revealing description of the sitter.
Milton Rogovin was known as one of the greatest social documentarians of his time. Noted for his images of the poor and forgotten, Rogovin turns his camera here on the plight of the laborer and his harsh working conditions.
Philippe Halsman’s portrait of Weegee, alias Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), the eccentric photojournalist and photographer who rose to fame in the early twentieth century for his black and white news photography. Halsman depicts the character with a knowing glance, infusing the portrait with an ironic exchange between the viewer and Weegee.
Lewinski has captured the legendary Dada and Surrealist artist Man Ray (1890-1976). Lewinski was well-known for his portraits of leading contemporary artists.
features the high-profile Hollywood starlet Kim Novak, as captured by Leonard McCombe for LIFE Magazine, in 1956. For this project, McCombe employs the ever-present male gaze, depicted here through the clandestine stares of Novak’s fellow passengers in the dining car towards New York on the 20th Century Limited.
A tender moment between a young girl named Joanna and her cat, Gingerbell. An inscription on the verso, most likely in the artist’s hand, reads "Joanna + Gingerbell taken at Eagle Valley / Sonnar 1.5 window light" "Joanna + Gingerbell taken at Eagle Valley / Sonnar 1.5 window light."
Edward Wallowitch’s portrait of a young child is particularly striking for its emotional power. Given the child’s troubled expression, only further pronounced by the shadowed profile, this work offers an intimate portrait with great psychological implications and sincerity.
A young girl seen through a window, blankly staring at the viewer. Newman was known for capturing contemplative moments, and for his empathy with his subjects.
Eva Rubenstein presents a portrait of Ralph Gibson, a prominent photographer whose images from the 1960s and ‘70s incorporate penumbric, mysterious and erotic figures with surreal juxtapositions.
Two friends of Leiter’s, Kathy and Gloria, who were among his favorite subjects in the mid-late 1940s. Here they are composed with an iron bed frame in the soft, sculptural daylight.
The famed photographer Robert Frank, a seminal figure in photography since the mid-twentieth century. Here Rubenstein offers an intimate portrayal of Frank, who is seen balancing atop a chair.
The photo of a young boy, arms crossed, with a seriousness beyond his years. Despite the centered composition, the photo resists simple expression and sentimentality.
Barbara Morgan’s famous photograph of Charles Sheeler (1883-1965), shows the painter and photographer widely lauded as a founder of the American modernist movement, Precisionism. Sheeler often used his own photographs as a basis for his paintings.
Weegee, alias Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), the brassy, cigar-chomping photographer who rose to fame in the mid-twentieth century for his black-and-white tabloid photography. Portraits such as the present lot, of “Weegee the Famous” at work, are rare.
One of Saul Leiter’s umbrellas, a recurring motif for which he was well known.