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  Friday  January 6  2006    09: 11 PM


The Luminous Years: Portraits at Mid-Century by Karl Bissinger

Photographing the artistic life after World War II in a period full of promise, Karl Bissinger took unexpected portraits of the day's luminaries of high BohemiaŚwriters, dancers, musicians, painters, journalists, and celebrities for such magazines as Flair, Theatre Arts and Harper's Bazaar. These photographs capture those lost, illustrious years of artistic and literary life in the late 1940s and 1950s, particularly in New York, but also in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Assembled together, they offer a collective portrait of a cultural milieu the likes of which may not be seen again.

Marlon Brando at the time he was appearing on Broadway in A Streetcar Named Desire, 1948