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Saul Steinberg: Masquerade





















Masquerade (1959-1961), Saul Steinberg. Photography by Inge Morath.


Photographer Inge Morath and the late New Yorker artist Saul Steinberg engaged in a unique collaboration in the late 1950s and early 1960s by having friends and acquaintances don paper bags drawn with fantastic faces and then posing them for photographs. Morath’s straightforward, reportorial style is the perfect counterpoint to Steinberg’s charming, whimsical masks. The deadpan of the photography, the Paul Klee-like humor of the drawing, and the intriguing anonymity of the figures—we don’t know who they are, but we know exactly who they are—stir a spirit of mischievious charm available in a playful little gift book.

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