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Escobar 1963 (Ben Martin Estate Edition)


Ben Martin


26 x 19 in
65 x 47 cm


Artplex Gallery


This Special Edition Photograph was authorized by the Ben Martin Estate. Ben Martin, TIME Magazine’s first New York Bureau staff photographer covered wars, fashion, politics, arts, business, and sports for TIME, Life, Fortune, People, and Sports Illustrated for thirty-three years. He immortalized evocative images that defined the 1960s. In a series of legendary photoshoots, Martin captured the complexity of an artist's personality, art, and surroundings. This black & white photograph was taken in 1963 and is a rare capture of Marisol Escobar (1930 – 2016) in her studio.

Marisol Escobar, otherwise known simply as Marisol, was a Venezuelan-American sculptor born in Paris, who lived and worked in New York City. She honed her skills at top art schools in Paris and New York, including the École des Beaux-Arts, and the Académie Julian. She returned to the US to live in New York City, where in the early 1950s she developed her signature sculptural works. She became world-famous in the mid-1960s, gaining fame for her unique sculptures blending wood, photos, and paint, drawing inspiration from pre-Columbian art, and using materials like terracotta. She's renowned for her playful take on da Vinci's The Last Supper in a sculptural installation. She even caught the attention of Pop icon Andy Warhol. She continued to create her artworks and returned to the limelight in the early 21st century, capped by a 2014 major retrospective show organized by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Marisol passed away in 2016, but her art lives on in prestigious collections like The Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art.

The size of the photograph is 19.25 inches high by 11.5 inches wide. This black & white photograph was taken in 1963. It is numbered 1 of 50 on the back of the photograph. It is framed in a black wooden frame measuring 25.5 inches high and 18.5 inches wide. The size and price include the frame. It is wired and ready to hang. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping.

Ben Martin attended Ohio University, where he majored in journalism and photography, working his way through college cooking nights as a short-order “White Castle” hamburger chef, and as a stringer-photographer for UPI Newspictures. He was married to actress Kathryn Leigh Scott (1971-1990), with whom he co-founded Pomegranate Press, a book publishing company. The two remained close friends and business partners until his death on February 10, 2017, at age 86.

Ben Martin's photographs have been exhibited in galleries throughout the US.

Artplex Gallery is pleased to offer Ben Martin's photograph through official estate-authorized editions. A certificate of authenticity issued by Kathryn Leigh Scott representing Ben Martin's Estate is included with this photograph. This edition size is only authorized for 50. Please contact us for additional photographs from Ben Martin.


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Ben Martin

Ben Martin

Ben Martin was a renowned American photographer, best known for his work as TIME Magazine's first New York Bureau staff photographer. He captured some of the most significant events of the 1960s and defined the era with his iconic images, including Richard M. Nixon's haggard 5 o'clock shadow, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s march to Montgomery, Alabama, and John F. Kennedy's grieving widow and children. Martin's ability to capture candid and intimate moments in his photography made his images particularly impactful. He was also an active member of the photographic community and received numerous awards and honors throughout his career.

Born in Salisbury, North Carolina in 1930, Martin attended Ohio University, where he majored in journalism and photography. He co-founded Pomegranate Press, a book publishing company, with his wife, actress Kathryn Leigh Scott, whom he was married to from 1971 to 1990. Martin's passion for photography continued throughout his life, and he remained a prominent figure in the field until his death in 2017 at the age of 86. His legacy as a pioneering photographer and photojournalist lives on.

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