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Fantastical, Impossible (And Extremely Photoshop-Free) Vintage Fashion Photos On

The sublime magic and fun captured in Melvin Sokolsky’s “The Paris Pictures,” on view at Staley-Wise Gallery, are eye-catching — even all these years (and Photoshop fakeries) later. Melvin Sokolsky was a self-taught 21-year-old when he started his career at Harper’s Bazaar in 1959; he was a pioneer of the experimental and playful fashion photography of the 1960s. Inspired by surrealism and futurism, he created fantastical images of couture-clad women flying in and around Paris and New York — truly a feat in a pre-digital age.


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