Ben Martin, TIME Magazine’s first New York Bureau staff photographer covered wars, fashion, politics, arts, business, and sports for TIME, Life, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated for thirty-three years. He immortalized evocative images that defined the 1960s. In a series of legendary photoshoots, Martin captured the complexity of an artist's personality, art, and surroundings. This black & white photograph was taken in 1963 and is a rare capture of Marisol Escobar (1930 – 2016) in her studio.
Silver gelatin photographs are revered for their rich tonal range, intricate detail, and historical significance. Crafted through a meticulous process involving manual exposure, darkroom development, and creative manipulation, these black-and-white prints offer a tangible connection to the past while providing a canvas for artistic expression. Their archival quality, tactile nature, and monochromatic focus evoke a deep emotional impact, inviting viewers to engage with the image's composition, contrast, and texture, resulting in enduring and cherished artworks.
Marisol Escobar, otherwise known simply as Marisol, was a Venezuelan-American sculptor born in Paris, who lived and worked in New York City. She honed her skills at top art schools in Paris and New York, including the École des Beaux-Arts, and the Académie Julian. She returned to the US to live in New York City, where in the early 1950s she developed her signature sculptural works. She became world-famous in the mid-1960s, gaining fame for her unique sculptures blending wood, photos, and paint, drawing inspiration from pre-Columbian art, and using materials like terracotta. She's renowned for her playful take on da Vinci's The Last Supper in a sculptural installation. She even caught the attention of Pop icon Andy Warhol. She continued to create her artworks and returned to the limelight in the early 21st century, capped by a 2014 major retrospective show organized by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Marisol passed away in 2016, but her art lives on in prestigious collections like The Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art.
The size of the silver gelatin photograph is 20 inches high and 16 inches wide. It is numbered 1 of 15 on the back of the photograph. It is framed in a black frame measuring 26 inches high and 22 inches wide. The price includes the frame. It is wired and ready to hang. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping. A certificate of authenticity issued by Kathryn Leigh Scott representing Ben Martin's Photographs is included.
Ben Martin attended Ohio University, where he majored in journalism and photography, working his way through college cooking nights as a short-order “White Castle” hamburger chef, and as a stringer-photographer for UPI Newspictures. He was married to actress Kathryn Leigh Scott (1971-1990), with whom he co-founded Pomegranate Press, a book publishing company. The two remained close friends and business partners until his death on February 10, 2017, at age 86.
Ben Martin's photographs have been exhibited in galleries throughout the US.
Artplex Gallery is pleased to offer Ben Martin's photograph through official estate-authorized editions. This edition size is only authorized for 15. Please contact us for additional photographs from Ben Martin.