1960 Carbro color still lifes of plastic packaging by Nickolas Muray.
Lately we’ve been endlessly photographing, silhouetting and retouching plastic bottles, both as props for other products and as subjects in their own right.
I ought to be sick of the sight of them, but the plastic bottles in these photographs by Nickolas Muray are lit like objects in a Vermeer painting and I like the way they’re arranged.
In the photo above, the bottles are cropped, left and right, so that the viewer imagines an extended (endless?) parade of brands.
In contrast, the same bottles (more or less) in the photograph below, are all contained within the image.
After the market crash, Murray turned away from celebrity and theatrical portraiture, and become a pioneering commercial photographer, famous for his creation of many of the conventions of color advertising. He was considered the master of the three-color carbro process.
from Wikipedia’s entry on Nickolas Muray
These later works were done five years before his death in 1965. (Photographs via: George Eastman House)
(See also: Donald Deskey)