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Horst P. Horst (1906-1999)
Gelatin silver print; Horst dry stamp lower right, with Estate stamp in ink and titled in pencil on the verso.
22 x 17 1/2 in. (55.9 x 44.5 cm)
sheet 24 x 19 3/8 in. (61.0 X 49.3 cm)
Horst, R.J. & Schirmer, L. (eds.), Horst: Sixty Years of Photography (Munich: Universe Publishing, 1996), p.195
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."