Melvin Sokolsky, Surrealist Fashion Photographer, Dies at 88

Models flew over Paris or floated in a bubble in his arresting images seen in Harper’s Bazaar and other fashion bibles in the experimental ’60s.

Melvin Sokolsky, a photographer who pushed boundaries by creating fantastical tableaux for fashion bibles like Harper’s Bazaar that seemed to defy both gravity and logic, died on Aug. 29 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 88.

The death was confirmed by his son, Bing.

Mr. Sokolsky was an untrained photographer who grew up in a tenement on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, snapping pictures with his father’s box camera as a child. His career in fashion photography imbued cool couture style with high-art

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