Los Angeles: Leafcar Editions, 1996. Original photograph. Printer's Proof. Signed Melvin Sokolsky in lower left corner on verso of Photograph (app. 13 x 13" photograph, printed on 19 3/4 x 15 3/4" sheet). Original bromail gelatin silver print by Melvin Sokolsky, matted and framed. The print was created in 1996 for a limited edition portfolio of 25 copies (app. 13 x 13") by Leafcar Editions.
The image originally was part of a series of photographs Sokolsky took and published in the 1963 spring collection fashion editorial of Harper's Bazaar featuring the model Simone D'Aillencourt landing in a glass bubble on the River Seine. It is considered the iconic motif of the series. The Plexiglas bubble was lowered to the Seine hanging on a thin aircraft cable which was retouched (erased) for publication. The idea was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" and Faberge eggs, both admired by Sokolsky. His 'bubble' series set a new standard in fashion photography. In 1996 Leafcar Editions published a portfolio of 12 Bubble Girl images also containing this most iconic one, the "Bubble on the Seine." Fine condition. Item #41706
Melvin Sokolsky is self-taught and known for his editorial fashion and advertising photography (Vogue, NY Times, Harper's Bazaar). Sokolsky was 21 when he produced the Bubble Series for Harper's Bazaar. In 1975 Sokolsky started working in motion pictures and moved to Los Angeles where he pursued a parallel career as a filmmaker, mostly in advertising. He resumed his photographic activity in the early 2000s.
Acquired from Sokolsky's Printer in 2006.