Saturday, September 19, 2009

babies heads on adult bodies - Alfred Gescheidt

Young Adults by Alfred Gescheidt 1968

postmarked in 2009 with a Netherlands Indians stamp

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Alfred Gescheidt is a professional photographer born in Queens, New York on December 19, 1926. He won a scholarship to the Art Students' League. He served briefly in the Navy during World War II, then went to the University of New Mexico. He decided to become a photographer and transferred to the Los Angeles Art Center School. In the 1950s he documented life on city streets and beaches of America.

His work first appeared in Life magazine in 1951, and in August, 1970, Life published a two-page spread of his work. For three years, Oui magazine published a column, "Gescheidt's World". His work has appeared on record album covers, pocket paperback book covers, calendars, posters, greeting cards and postcards, and in U.S. and European magazines and newspapers including: Esquire, Ladies’Home Journal, Life, Look, Modern Photography, New York, Newsweek, People, Popular Photography, Saturday Evening Post, The New York Times, TV Guide, and Woman’s Day.

Gescheidt has had a long, distinguished career as an artist and photographer. His photomontages, made before the innovation of computer manipulations like Photoshop, made him famous in the industry and his images seen by millions. With an eye for both the humor and the sublime details in everyday life, he has been described as "the Charlie Chaplin of the camera" and "America's foremost photo-satirist."

1 comment:

Chris Overstreet said...

Whoa, that's creepy. We're programmed to think babies are cute, with giant heads out of proportion with their little bodies, and the little baby heads on these folks are a little unpleasant.