Melvin Sokolsky was born and raised in New York City. At the age of twenty-one he was invited to join the staff of Harper's Bazaar. During the 60's he worked as a major contributor to four presitigious magazines, Esquire, McCall's, Newsweek, and Show. His work is characterized by his sense of fantasy and invention. Surrealism is an influence in his plays with proportion and reality. Among the museums that have exhibited his work are: The Museum of Modern Art and Victoria & Albert Museum, where he was included "Shots of Style" a retrospective of the world's major fashion photographers.