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Horst P. Horst Portrait Photography

German, 1906-1999

Horst P. Horst (born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann) was one of the towering figures of 20th-century fashion photography.

Best known for his work with Vogue, who called him “photography’s alchemist," Horst rose to prominence in Paris in the interwar years, publishing his first work with the magazine in 1931. In the decades that followed, Horst’s experimentations with radical composition, nudity, double exposures and other avant-garde techniques would produce some of the most iconic fashion images ever, like Mainbocher Corset and Lisa with Harp (both 1939).

As the New York Times once described, “Horst tamed the avant-garde to serve fashion.” Though associated most closely with fashion photography, Horst captured portraits of many of the 20th century’s brightest luminaries, dabbling with influences as far-ranging as Surrealism and Romanticism.

“I like taking photographs because I like life,” Horst once said. “And I love photographing people best of all because most of all I love humanity.”

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Artist: Horst P. Horst
Goya Fashion: Mrs. Stanley Mortimer, Jr. and Mrs. Desmond Fitzgerald, Balenciaga
By Horst P. Horst
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Although credited by their married names at the time of publication, both subjects would re-marry and became better known as Babe Paley, the stylish socialite and “swan” of Truman Capote, and Marietta Peabody Tree, a United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights and mother of historian Frances FitzGerald and model Penelope Tree...
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1940s Modern Horst P. Horst Portrait Photography

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