Born and raised in New York City, Melvin Sokolsky was never formally trained as a photographer; instead, he learned the art of photography through a trial and error approach at a young age using his father’s box camera and relied on conversations with advertising photographers for his mentorship. His photographs of internationally famous personalities have appeared in many of the major museums and magazines worldwide. Sokolsky’s photograph, Bubble on the Seine, depicting a model inside one of his iconic bubbles, was named one of the 100 most influential fashion photographs of the 20th-century by the Victoria & Albert Museum. Interview by Mario Lopez Pisani Mario Lopez Pisani – What was your introduction to photography? How did you become involved in such major fashion campaigns? Melvin Sokolsky – When I was a little kid, about seven or eight years old, I would sit at the kitchen table watching my mother cook at the stove across the room. To the left of me on the table, was a salt and pepper shaker nestled next to an artificial bouquet of flowers. If...
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