Anatomy of a tattoo machine poster, canvas
Sitting across from Ray Kellman in his living room, I can’t help but feel like I’m in a museum. Collections of books line the shelves, various works of art decorate the walls, scattered photographs cover the grand piano in the corner. It was the kind of room I could spend hours exploring, studying each detail in quiet contemplation. And it was the kind of room that felt more like a collage, pieced together by a lifetime of artistry and ambition.
In his 96 years, Kellman has embodied these characteristics. Born in 1923, he was a self-taught fashion photographer following his years as a pilot in World War II. For 37 years he worked in the industry, with his photography featured in the New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, and more. “It was the most incredible career; I loved it,” Kellman said. “It was quite rewarding in almost every possible sense that you can imagine.”
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