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Leslie Gill 
Composition with Watermelon 
1950 (taken) 1987 (print) 
Dye transfer print 
34.5 x 26.7 cm 
Bassenge Photography Auctions 
Photography, 6 June 2018, Lot: 4183 
Leslie Gill studied painting with Charles Hawthorne in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1929. While working as art director of House Beautiful magazine, Gill began to make his own photographs and by 1935, Gill had abandoned his pursuit of painting and committed himself fully to photography. His images appeared regularly in Harper's Bazaar, where he collaborated with visionary art director Alexey Brodovitch, helping to revolutionize approaches to graphic design. He was one of the first photographers to experiment with using 8 x10 inch format Kodachrome film. During his brief but impressive career, Gill's work appeared in numerous magazines, including Life, Harper's Bazaar, McCall's, Town & Country, and Holiday

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