Torkel Korling: Bridging Commercial and Art Photography

9/22/2006-12/10/2006
Print, Drawing, and Photography Study Center

Johnson WaxTorkel Korling, Johnson Wax, Racine, Wisconsin, 1938, printed 1991. Gift in part by Steve Nordman, 2001.22i. Courtesy David R. Phillips.

Swedish-born Torkel Korling worked out of Chicago as a photographer for advertising and manufacturing companies. His unique skill in controlling focus, composition, and lighting made him one of the top commercial photographers of his time. This exhibition presents a selection of Korling’s work from the 1920s to the 1950s, including landmark photographs from Life magazine.