In 1959, the photographer Inge Morath teamed up with the illustrator Saul Seinberg on a project in which they asked friends and acquaintances to pose for them wearing paper bags with faces drawn or painted on them over their heads. We don’t know who was hiding behind each of these masks, but we soon get an idea of the personae they represented. And the frozen facial expressions of these masks make a striking contrast with the postures, attitudes or mannerisms adopted by each model. This portrait gallery, which took five years to complete, was published under the title Masquerade.
Saul Steinberg wearing a mask at a party in Alexander Calder’s home, 1959.