Sylvester & Orphanos

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Sylvester & Orphanos was a publishing house originally founded in Los Angeles by Ralph Sylvester, Stathis Orphanos and George Fisher in 1972. When Fisher moved to New York City, Sylvester & Orphanos specialized in limited-signed press books.[1]


Christopher Isherwood was the first author published by Sylvester & Orphanos with a deluxe edition of Christopher and His Kind illustrated by original artwork from Isherwood's partner, Don Bachardy.[1]

Through Isherwood, Sylvester & Orphanos met Gore Vidal and they published Vidal’s Sex Is Politics and Vice Versa.[1]


Stathis Orphanos (October 12, 1940 – January 13, 2018) and Ralph Sylvester (January 13, 1934 – January 23, 2018) were partners in life and business. They met in Los Angeles in 1960.[1]

Stathis Orphanos was also a photographer and among his works are portraits of:[2]

In 2015, Sylvester & Orphanos donated their catalogue and photographs to the Library of Congress.[3]


The "Honor: Marine Portraits" exhibit with photographs of San Diego Marines stands on display in the Oceanside Museum of Art March 27. The photographer, Stathis Orphanos (1940-2018), captured hundreds of photographs of Maines in various uniforms and training events
  • Photography exhibition, San Diego County, 1988[2]
  • Los Angeles, 1989, curated by Shirley Burden, former Chairman of the Department of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art[2]
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 1990, Combined exhibition of Stahis Orphanos photographs and limited-edition books, curated by Dan Luckenbill[2]
  • Beverly Hills Public Library 1995, curated by Stefan Klima[4]
  • Beverly Hills Civic Center, 1996, retrospective of Stathis Orphanos' photographs[2]
  • Honor: Marine Portraits, Oceanside Museum of Art, 2010[5]
  • My Cavafy, Photo Exhibit by Stathis Orphanos, Affinity, West Hollywood[6]
  • 2014, The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles[7]


Sylvester & Orphanos published in total 25 limited editions:[1][8]


  1. ^ a b c d e "A Phenomenal Partnership: Remembering Stathis Orphanos and Ralph Sylvester". 28 February 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Stathis Orphanos". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Library of Congress to Host Second Annual LGBT Event June 18". Library of Congress. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Finding Aid for the Stathis Orphanos Papers, ca. 1983-". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Meet the Artist: Stathis Orphanos". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  6. ^ ""My Cavafy" – A Photo Exhibit by Stathis Orphanos". 21 July 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Stathis Orphanos '58: A Life Behind the Lens". Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  8. ^ Luckenbill, Dan (1990). Sylvester & Orphanos : catalog of an exhibit, October-December 1990. UCLA. Retrieved 13 March 2018.