Published November 1, 1943
Model Susann Shaw poses in front of an artwork from the Museum of Modern Art. The piece in question is a round azimuthal map depicting a blue sky and clouds; the names of cities around the world identify their positions underneath the cloud cover. The unusual photograph, by John Rawlings, appeared in the November 1, 1943, 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.