Melvin Sokolsky joined
the prestigious staff at Harper’s Bazaar at the age
of twenty-one, beginning what would become one of the most
influential careers in the world of photography.
In the early 1960’s,
the time of his initiation into the halls of Harper’s
Bazaar, Sokolsky photographed celebrities and fashion stars
including Lauren Hutton, Chet Baker, Dustin Hoffman, Zero
Mostel, Ali MacGraw (who worked for Sokolsky as his stylist
and producer for seven years) Twiggy, Jane Fonda, Nancy Allen,
Racquel Welch, and Julie Christy. All found their way into
Sokolsky’s East 39th street studio.
By 1969, Melvin became fascinated
with the world of television commercials and began a career
as a commercial director /cameraman. He went on to receive
25 Clio Awards as well every major TV commercial award, including
the distinguished Directors Guild nomination.
In 1972, Sokolsky was charged
with photographing the entire editorial content of McCall’s
Magazine, a first in the world of photography.
In 1973, Melvin received an Academy Award nomination for a
computerized zoom lens which he designed.
Sokolsky’s foray into
commercials did not completely remove Sokolsky from the world
of fashion photography and he continues to photograph for
the major glossies today. He is frequently asked to shoot
for fashion magazines such as GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Italian
Vogue, Flaunt, and Wallpaper to name a few.
Additional honors which he
has been bestowed with include being named as an honorary
Professor of Photography by the Japanese Graphic Society.
The Victoria and Albert Museum also has placed many of his
photographs in their permanent collection, and in 1995 Canon
USA named Sokolsky as one of their ambassadors of photography
known as “The Explorers of Light.” Recently the
Louvre has added Melvin’s images to it’s permanent
collection. He has always been a photographer’s photographer
allowing his photographs to speak for themselves rather than
the route of self-promotion. He feels a great honor in receiving
this award from so many of his peers and colleagues.