Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Pre-CG

A friend of mine who is a fantastic illustrator, Deanna Staffo, posted a blog on the photographer Melvin Sokolsky, who did incredible special effects photography in the 1960s and 1970s. What is wonderful about his work is the way in which the device enhances the photo, but is not the only remarkable element in it. The models, the atmosphere, the styling, all are spot on and the images are exciiting and inspiring even today. His later is not something I'm crazy about, he goes too far into fully CG'd images. His Polaroid work (in the Fashion section, for the NT Times Magazine) are paricularly nice, filled with femininity, playfulness and ease.

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