Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle

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May 25 - July 7

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Folk Sculpture with Mango, 1948
Dye transfer print; printed c.1983
22 1/2 x 18 1/2 inches
From an edition of 10

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Arnold Newman
Alexey Brodovitch, 1946
Gelatin silver print; printed 1988
10 x 8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Portrait of Alexander Liberman, 1958
Gelatin silver print; printed 1958
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Voyages de Gulliver, 1940
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940
15 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Composition with Globe and Head, c.1939
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1939
16 3/8 x 12 5/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Irving Penn
Still Life with Triangle and Red Eraser, New York, 1985
Cibachrome print; printed 1985
23 1/8 x 18 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Untitled, 1937
Collage
17 1/8 x 14 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Head of Woman, c.1940s
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1940s
16 3/8 x 13 5/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Untitled, c.1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
16 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Man Ray
Woman Smoking a Cigarette, 1920
Gelatin silver print; printed 1971
13 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches
 

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Erwin Blumenfeld
Muth, Paris, 1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
11 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Composition with Apples, Pitcher and Confederate Money, NYC, 1953
Chromogenic print; printed c.1953
18 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Composition with Watermelon, NYC, 1946
Dye transfer print; printed c.1983
22 x 18 3/4 inches
From an edition of 10

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Irving Penn
Still Life with Watermelon, New York, 1947
Dye transfer print
23 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Paul Outerbridge
The Triumph of the Egg, 1932
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1932
9 x 5 7/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Composition of Objects on Windowsill, NYC, 1937
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1937
13 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Studio Window, West 56th Street, New York, c.1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936
16 1/2 x 13 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Dali's Hands, NYC, 1948
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948
11 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Savinio, Painter, Rome, 1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
16 1/4 x 13 3/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Donna Milagros del Drago, Rome, Italy, 1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
9 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Principessa Letizia Boncompagni, Ludovisi, Rome, 1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
16 3/8 x 13 3/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Model in Chinchilla Coat, East Norwich, Long Island, c.1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
10 5/8 x 10 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Untitled (for Vogue Magazine), 1940s
Archival pigment print; printed 2017
20 x 16 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Garden of Sculptor, Elie Nadelman, NY, 1948
Dye transfer print; printed c.1983
22 3/4 x 19 inches
From an edition of 10

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Francis Brun and Sister, NYC, 1950
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950
17 x 14 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Untitled (for Vogue Magazine), 1940s
Archival pigment print; printed 2017
20 x 16 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Eleven Models in Blue Dresses, NYC, Glamour, January 17, 1952
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952
14 5/8 x 17 3/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Irving Penn
Twelve of the Most Photographed Models of the Period, 1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
12 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Untitled (woman's face with eye highlighted), c.1950s
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950s
11 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Gordon Parks
Frances McLaughlin-Gill and Bettina Graziani Outside Hunter College, 1950
Gelatin silver print; printed later
14 x 11 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Kathy Dennis on Third Avenue, NYC, 1950
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950
16 1/2 x 14 1/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Mary Tice, Third Avenue, N.Y.C., Vogue, 1946
Gelatin silver print; printed later
10 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Marguerite Dillemuth, 3rd Avenue Series, NYC, Vogue, 1946
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1946
11 5 /8 x 10 3/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Fiona Campbell-Walter, Galerie des Glace at Versailles Palace, France, Vogue, 1952
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952
15 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Dior Ballgown, Paris, 1950
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950
14 x 11 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Model Walking Two Jack Russel Terriers, NYC, 1953
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1953
16 1/4 x 10 3/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Norman Parkinson
Barbara Mullen with Dogs for Vogue, 1952
Gelatin silver print; printed later
16 x 12 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Carol McCarlson on the Beach, St. Augustine Florida, 1948
Chromogenic print; printed later
16 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Gordon Parks
Model Wearing Latest Spring Fashions, 1957
Gelatin silver print
13 1/4 x 10 5/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Couple, Opulent Living Room, 1960s
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960s
10 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Untitled, 1951
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1951
9 X 7 3/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Unknown model for Glamour Magazine, NYC, 1960
Gelatin silver print
19 1/8 x 15 3/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Myrtle Crawford, Vaugirard Courtyard, Paris, France, 1952
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1977
13 5/8 x 10 5/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Carol McCarlson on a Pier at St. Augustine, Florida, Vogue, 1948
Cibachrome; printed later
23 1/8 x 18 1/4 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Pat Donovan and Henry Clarke, NYC, Glamour Magazine, 1947
Cibachrome; printed later
23 1/2 x 18 3/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Erwin Blumenfeld
Shadow Profile, Paris, 1936-37
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936-37
13 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Composition of Statue of Roman Kneeling, 1937
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1937
13 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Composition with Chocolate Pot and Apple III, c.1950
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950
16 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Irving Penn
The Fallen Pitcher, 1980
Platinum-palladium print; printed 1981
16 x 24 inches
From an edition of 25

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Leslie Gill
Anna Magnani, Actress, Rome, Italy, 1941
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1941
9 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
April Afternoon, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1952
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1952
16 x 20 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Untitled (woman smoking a cigarette), c.1950s
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950s
13 x 13 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Jean Shrimpton in Epping Forest near London, British Harper's Bazaar, 1962-65
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960s
16 1/2 x 11 1/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Untitled, c.1950s
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950s
16 5/8 x 12 5/8 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Untitled (San Francisco), c.1960s
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1960s
13 5/8 x 13 1/2 inches

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle Howard Greenberg Gallery 2017

Frances McLaughlin-Gill
Piazza San Marco, Venice, c.1962
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1962
13 3/8 x 12 1/4 inches

Press Release

Photographs by Leslie Gill and Frances McLaughlin-Gill will be on view together for the first time at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 25 – July 7, 2017. The Gills shared a passion for photography at the intersection of fashion, design, and fine art in the 1940s and 1950s. With a circle of famous friends and colleagues, they led glamorous careers in the rarified worlds of Condé Nast and Hearst. The exhibition presents images by Leslie Gill who was active from 1935-1957 and Frances McLaughlin-Gill who produced work from 1943-1993, as well as work by their close contemporaries Erwin Blumenfeld, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Paul Outerbridge, Gordon Parks, Norman Parkinson, Irving Penn, and Man Ray. Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill, and Their Circle is curated by Elisabeth Biondi, an independent curator and former Visuals Editor for The New Yorker. An opening will be held on May 25 from 6-8 p.m.

 

When they married in 1948 in New York City, Leslie Gill (1908-1958) and his wife Frances McLaughlin-Gill (1919-2014) were both accomplished photographers. Leslie Gill’s work was appearing in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar, and Frances McLaughlin-Gill’s photographs were in Vogue. Both Gills contributed a fresh and much needed new perspective to editorial photography.

 

Leslie Gill was greatly admired for his innovative approach to still life photography, pushing beyond the boundaries of standard editorial images, into the realm of fine art. At Hearst, he collaborated with Harper’s Bazaar’s legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch on ideas, design, and innovative layouts for his pictures.

 

McLaughlin-Gill was appreciated for her vivid, cinematic, and spontaneous approach to fashion photography, and her thoughtful reflections of the multifaceted lives of women, which was unique at the time.

 

The Gills would have just ten years together, as Leslie Gill died three months after their only child, Leslie, was born in 1958. As their daughter has noted, "Leslie and Frances’ work resides in rare moments between the staged and the spontaneous. When viewed alongside their circle of friends, the images demonstrate how the emergence of new technologies (strobe and high speed film) can have a rapid ricochet effect between artists. It was a moment when a new medium and a new generation entered a discipline, and on the way, shifted the focus."

 

“Leslie Gill and Frances McLaughlin-Gill were perfectionists. Their work differed, but they shared an ambition to create unique pictures that reflected their personalities. Leslie became a photographer when as art director at House Beautiful he did not get the pictures he wanted for his layouts. In his still lifes, his impeccable taste and focus on details made them photographic icons. Frances McLaughlin-Gill was an instinctual artist in the way she photographed the contemporary and more emancipated post WWII American woman, which continues to be an integral part of fashion photography,” noted Biondi.

 

Irving Penn, who was a friend of the Gills, said in 1959 when referring to Leslie Gill’s work, “A group of younger photographers responded to Gill’s talent as soon as he appeared on the scene. Many remained in later years frankly imitative. Many more, influenced, went on to other types of work bearing the mark of Gill’s inspiration. From this group grew the present American school of still-life photography, the influence of which is seen in areas far removed from the immediate one with which Leslie Gill was personally concerned. A man of cultivated visual tastes, Gill was half painter, half photographer. A feather, a piece of old wood, an egg, had for him a meaning beyond themselves.”

 

Alexander Liberman, the dominant creative force at Condé Nast for decades, hired Frances McLaughlin when he was art director of Vogue. He noted in 1959 “Not only was Franny’s work for Vogue classic, it was pure, the kind of photographic vision that bordered on improvisational theatre, catching the model’s face at a sensitive moment rather than following an artificial grammar inherited from European fashion photographers who were the stars of the moment. Her pioneering concepts made her a key photographer.”

 

About Leslie Gill

Known as the father of modern still life photography, Leslie Gill elevated editorial images to classical compositions, becoming an artist in the process. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with honors in 1929 and studied with the artist Charles Hawthorne. In the midst of the Depression in 1932, he was hired as the art director of House Beautiful. One of his first obstacles was finding a photographer who could creatively translate the articles into images to accompany them. Taking matters into his own hands, he acquired his first camera and within three years was making photographs that were published in the magazine. In 1936, he opened his own photography studio and made magazine covers and editorial images for Harper’s Bazaar and later Life, McCall’s, Town & Country, Flair, and Holiday. His technical abilities attracted attention, and he was among the first to experiment with color film from Kodak, strobe lighting, and the Hasselblad camera. In 1984, a traveling retrospective of his photographs opened at the New Orleans Museum of Art. His work is in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art, among others.

 

About Frances McLaughlin-Gill

Frances McLaughlin was born in 1919 in New York City and raised in Connecticut with her identical twin sister Kathryn. In 1941, the sisters entered Vogue’s “Prix de Paris” and were among the five finalists. In 1943, she became one of the first woman photographers to be hired by Vogue, bringing a new natural focus to fashion photography. She also worked with Glamour, House & Garden, and British Vogue. She is the author of a number of books, several published with her sister. She also made films as an independent film producer and director and taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In 1995, an exhibition of her work was held at Hamilton’s Gallery in London. Her work is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Cleveland Museum of Art; and the National Portrait Gallery, London.