William Helburn captured the iconic actress and model, Suzy Parker, hidden beneath a ruffled pillow with a phone at her ear. Helburn has centered her bright red lips to contrast with the mostly white image. Helburn’s whimsical photography appeared in seminal mid-century magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Life. Helburn was also a key figure in the period’s advertising establishment, having photographed a number of notable campaigns.

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William Helburn (American, b. 1924) was a fashion photographer in the time of Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Diane Arbus. He took flippantly glamorous photos of models like Jean Shrimpton and Ali McGraw for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, McCall’s and LIFE. But unlike Avedon and Penn, Helburn kept strictly to advertising, and many of his photos are uncredited. Twenty-five years after he retired, Helburn is enjoying a revival with the publication of William Helburn: Seventh and Madison: Fashion and Advertising Photography. He has also been the recent subject of a solo exhibition at the Staley-Wise Gallery: William Helburn: Ad-Man.

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Suzy Parker Lips, 1959
Lot Number 1
Archival pigment print
23 x 18 in (58.42 x 45.72 cm)
Edition of 50
Signed and numbered on verso

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Suzy Parker Lips
  • Dimensions
    23 x 18 in (58.42 x 45.72 cm)