Carl Fischer, photographer and graphic designer, was born in 1924 and raised in Brooklyn. He graduated from The Cooper Union and studied at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London as a Fulbright Fellow, and began his career as an advertising agency art director in New York working with Paul Rand and Herb Lubalin.
A self-taught photographer, he opened a studio in New York and produced work which won The Mark Twain Journalism Award, the Cleo Award, The Art Directors Club gold and silver medals, and the Augustus St. Gaudens Medal. His work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The International Center of Photography, The George Eastman House, The Rose Art Museum, The Spencer Museum of Art, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Opera Archives, and the Library of Congress. Monographs of his work have appeared in the United States, Europe and Japan and he is the author of “Photographs : 1958 to 1988,” “Portraits : 1953 to 1984” and “Afterthoughts, a memoir.”
He has lectured and taught as an adjunct professor and has given the William A. Reedy Memorial lecture at the Rochester Institute of Technology. A member of the Directors Guild of America, he has directed television commercials and has served as President of The Art Directors Club.
His work has been exhibited in The National Portrait Gallery, London, the Ludwig Museum, Cologne-Koblenz, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art and in the BBC documentary “World’s Most Photographed.” His work has been shown at the Gallerie Colette (Paris), the Galleria Carla Sozzani (Milan), Galerie Wouter van Leeuwen (Amsterdam), the Pentagram Gallery (London), Staley+Wise Gallery (New York), Moti Hasson Gallery (New York), Throckmorton Fine Art (New York), Irvine Contemporary (Washington, D.C.), and Eric Firestone Gallery (Tucson) and East Hampton (New York).
His portraits of Southern segregationist leaders were exhibited in The Museum of Modern Art’s “The Photo Essay,” in 1972, and his photographs for Esquire covers were exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2008-2009.