Inge Morath

Contact Sheet Print: The Mask Series with Saul Steinberg. 1962

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“This is how I remember it…”, the photographer Inge Morath recalled in 2000. “In 1956, I finally got to New York…[Gjon] Mili gave Saul Steinberg a call…and Saul agreed to meet me and maybe pose for a portrait. The date was made. Upper East Side in the Seventies. I rang the bell and Saul Steinberg came out wearing over his head a paper bag on which he had drawn a self-portrait.”

Thus began one of the most quizzical and fascinating artistic collaborations between a photographer and a cartoonist in history. The result – a curious collection of images often referred to as the “Mask Series”, made between their initial meeting and 1962 – portray a range of figures wearing various cardboard box and paper bag masks created by Steinberg, photographed in a straightforward and unpretentious manner by Morath.


Format: Archival Pigment Print
Magnum Archive Stamped
Sizes: 16 x 20 in (40 x 50 cm) or 20 x 24 in (50 x 60 cm)
Printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta paper

This print is for personal use only, intended for display in the home or other private spaces. For all other purposes, such as display in public spaces or institutions, publishing the image online or in print, or any other form of usage, permission must be granted by Magnum Photos.


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Each print is made using an archival pigment process and printed on the highest quality papers.

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