Published May 15, 1954
Mrs. Amory Carhart Jr. stands by a seaplane in the New York harbor as a distinctly different city skyline than what we know of today looms behind her. She wears a Fair Isle print linen dress while an unidentified man—a valet, presumably—unloads her Louis Vuitton luggage. Her statuesque stance is mimicked by the Empire State Building in the background. John Rawlings's documentary-like photograph appeared in the May 15, 1954, Vogue.
Photo licensed from the Condé Nast Collection, home of The New Yorker, Vogue, Vanity Fair and other popular brands. Find this and other artwork at the Condé Nast Collection.
John Rawlings (1912 – 1970) single-handedly gave commercial fashion photography a sharp artistic focus. He transformed it into a medium brimming with color, light and fascinating composition. Rawlings created over 200 magazine covers for Conde-Nast. When his work for “Vogue” and “Glamour” hit the stands, sales and respect for fashion photography skyrocketed.
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