Sotheby's sale celebrates fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo
Sotheby's is set to host a special auction celebrating the life and career of fashion photographer Francesco Scavullo.
The sale will include more than 80 photographs spanning four decades of Scavullo's work, including portraits of his most famous subjects such as Barbra Streisand, Kim Basinger, Bruce Jenner, Brooke Shields, Sting, Grace Jones, Holly Woodlawn, Salvadore Dali, Linda Evangelista and Divine.
The celebrated American photographer was renowned for his work on countless fashion magazines, including 30 years shooting striking covers for Cosmopolitan. Based in New York, Scavullo's studio portraits also captured countless figures from the worlds of film, fashion, music, art, sport and the LGBTQ community.
The collection of portraits, assembled by Scavullo and his collaborator, stylist and partner Sean Byrnes, will be offered with no reserve and estimates ranging from $700 to $12,000.
Born on Staten Island in 1921, Scavullo began his career working on fashion catalogues, before moving to Vogue magazine to spend three years as an assistant to the prominent fashion photographer Horst P. Horst.
Having shot his first cover for Seventeen magazine at the age of 19, Scavullo opened his own studio and in 1965 began a 30-year career with Cosmopolitan magazine, which would see his work help define the publication's image of the modern woman known as "The Cosmo Girl".
Working alongside Byrnes, Scavullo became one of the industry's most coveted photographers and their technique of using heavily stylized hair and make-up became known as "Scavullo-ization". Scavullo himself had a simple explanation to his success: “If you make them feel that they’re sensational, they’ll look sensational.”
Francesco Scavullo: No End to Beauty takes place online on Friday October 16.
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