Torkel Korling: Bridging Commercial and Art Photography

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.