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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Arena Editions; 1st edition (August 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892041367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892041364
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,273,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A collection of memorable fashion photographs epitomizing the 60’s look. -- DKNY, Fall 2000

The elegant volume “Seeing Fashion”… showcases iconic portraits of the era’s famous faces… alongside his fanciful, often surrealist-inspired compositions… -- Harper’s Bazaar, September 2000

… provides a fascinating window into a bygone era of artistic experimentation, creative synergy, and pre-digital special effects. – Lawrence Schubert -- FLAUNT Magazine, September 2000

…art history had a pronounced influence on his fashion photography. At times he emulated the devices of great paintings… -- Photo District News, September 2000

About the Author

Melvin Sokolsky has exhibited his fashion photographs internationally. Since 1969, the photographer has been most active as a director and cameraman of television commercials. He has been honored with twenty-five Clio Awards, and is the recipient of every major television commercial award including the coveted "Director's Guild" nomination. Many of Sokolsky's commercials are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Sokolsky currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "sbryquer" on October 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I could begin by highly recommending this photography book with all the superlatives that it certainly deserves, but this still would not describe these photos adequately or do this publication true justice. For as the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words and all the brilliant photos in this book one would need thousands upon thousands of words and even then one could never say enough about this extraordinary collection of photograph. I will say this much, rather than having called this book 'Seeing Fashion' --- 'Seeing' would have been enough and a far more appropriate title. For it is about seeing and seeing in a way (or fashion to play on words) that is unique, inventive and an utterly original in the sense that no one takes and took (because much of these photos were taken more than 30 years - a point I will return to a bit later) picture then or now quite like Sokolsky. Photos that first reveal in spite of the fact that were for the most part taken to illustrate the haute couture fashion of the day for Harper's Bazaar, that they are photographs that stand alone for their technical virtuosity but more than this they are work of great inventiveness and a truly personal sense of composition and use of space. They are unique works of art that transcend their time and in turn are timeless in their vision. A vision that still influences photographers in general and the fashion photographers of today. One need only look at today's magazine to see the repetition of his original 'flying' pictures, the use of lighting and also the physical way models pose -- before Sokolsky models simply repeated the poses that had become so common, and yes even boring, from the fashion house's runway.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Victor on December 7, 2001
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Back when Fashion photogs shot 8x10 and retouching was done by hand. These prints are fantastic. Every shot is a work of art - unlike the fashion created today. This is Composed, settled, undefinable beauty.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was reading last weeks New York Times Magazine Section and saw Melvin Sokolsky's series of photographs called "The Dream". I was very impressed and taken by their mystical and ethereal beauty. It wasn't until I reached the last picture that I realized that this was a fashion spread.
After buying his book "Seeing Fashion" I saw that, despite the fact that he was primarily a fashion photographer, he was first and foremost an amazing photographer with tremendous inventiveness and great range...from portraits to still lifes to fashion. Even though these photographs were done more than thirty years ago, I see them as contemporary, but even more, they transcend the sixties to become timeless.
What a delight to discover him for myself after all these years!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Covington on January 6, 2005
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I have seen those groovy bubble pictures before, but never realized who the genius was that took them! Mr. Sokolsky's range was unbelieveable in it's scope and visual surprise. Twiggy, Verushka, Jean Shrimpton, are just a few of the fashion goddesses that he photographed. The women he photographed were literally flying either in rooms or outside, wearing the latest fashions, or were photographed in such a close-up heartbreaking way, that you felt as though you could touch them. If you love the 60's and early 70's like I do run , DON'T walk to get this cool treasure. You won't regret it!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 2000
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I have been a fan of Mr. Sokolsky for quite some time. His work is always fresh and inventive. Whether the photos are 20 years old or were shot yesterday, they are timeless. He is so much more than a fashion photographer. He is the eye of an artist. He sees a world of emotion and beauty, he captures the essence of the spirit. When I look at one of his photos I am drawn into a world that only he knows. His pictures move me into a place of pure pleasure. Mr. Sokolsky's love for women and his appreciation of beauty that is real, not perfect but real beauty is what distinguishes him from any other photographer. I only hope that he will publish another book soon. I wish he would photograph me the way he did Ali Mcgraw or Mia Farrow. Such a beautiful, soft, and sensual tribute to his models. Wow! The man is truly a GENIUS!
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