During his brief, but exceptional career in fashion and photography, Leslie Gill (1908-1958) defied expectations of editorial images by creating compositions that were commercially viable while simultaneously fulfilling his artistic aspirations. While working as the Art Director of House Beautiful, Gill began to make his own photographs, unsatisfied with the ability of staff photographers to translate his ideas to images. Gill collected artwork, memorabilia, and found objects for use in his work, creating relationships of shape, tone, and tactile properties between these objects. His images began to appear regularly in Harper's Bazaar, where he collaborated with visionary art director Alexey Brodovitch, helping to revolutionize approaches to graphic design.
Gill made significant technical achievements in his field, adapting theatrical lighting equipment for specialized use by still life photographers, as well as being one of the first artists to experiment with 8x10 inch format Kodachrome film.
Gill's work appeared in the pages of numerous magazines, including Life, Harper's Bazaar, McCall's, Town & Country, and Holiday.
Untitled (shoes and model's legs), c.1952
Gelatin silver print
12 3/8 x 18 1/8 inches
The Sequined Shoe, 1957
Dye transfer print; printed c.1983
22 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches
Portrait of Robert Miyataki, 1955-56
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1955-56
16 7/8 x 13 7/8 inches
Orfeo Tamburi, Painter, Rome, 1947
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1947
16 1/8 x 13 1/2 inches
Francis Brun and Sister, NYC, 1950
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1950
17 x 14 inches
Dali's Hands, NYC, 1948
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1948
11 1/8 x 10 1/4 inches
Composition of Objects on Windowsill, NYC, 1937
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1937
13 7/8 x 10 7/8 inches