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Lot 150
Horst P. Horst
Carmen Face Massage, New York
11 – 21 September 2023, 12:00 EDT
Skinner Marlborough, Massachusetts

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Horst P. Horst (1906-1999)

Carmen Face Massage, New York, 1946
Gelatin silver print; Horst dry stamp lower right, with Estate stamp in ink and titled in pencil on the verso.
14 x 11 1/4 in. (35.6 x 28.6 cm)
sheet 19 7/8 x 14 7/8 in. (50.5 x 37.8 cm)


Horst P. Horst was a giant in the world of 20th-century fashion photography. He is best known for the works he created for Condé Nast over a span of sixty-years that are a master study in light, composition, and illusion. Horst began his career in photography working as an assistant to George Hoyningen-Huene, who was a pioneer in the early days of the genre. Modeling for many of Hoyningen-Huene's photographs, Horst quickly became his assistant, mentee, and lover.

Elegance was a trademark of Hoyningen-Huene's photographs and Horst continued to seek it out in his work. On the subject, Horst has stated, "For some people, the word elegance has acquired objectionable, snobbish connotations, but I myself prefer to regard elegance as an attractive and admirable human attribute, a form of physical and mental grace."

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