|Horst P. Horst directing model Lisa Fonssagrives (1949). Courtesy of Getty Images.|
Horst P. Horst, or simply Horst, dedicated 60 years of his life to fashion photography. During this time he captured various celebrities such as Jean Cocteau and Marlene Dietrich, the Presidents and their First Ladies, the royal families and models for countless magazine covers.
|Vogue (May 1941). Source: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--TDonYqKAKg/UuD0VThxBTI/AAAAAAAABlQ/ZX3r0YXAzK4/s1600/vogue8.jpg|
|“A model wears a fuschia dress suit and hat with bow detail by Emme” (1961). Courtesy of Condè Nast Archive. Source: https://pleasurephoto.wordpress.com/tag/horst-p-horst/page/6/|
|The Mainbocher Corset (1939).|
New York has truly opened a whole new chapter for Horst. He later received American citizenship and served in US Army as a photographer. He also made sure that name became everlasting in the history of fashion photography. Horst’s pictures are based on the exceptional use of lighting techniques, experimentation with forms and implementation of visual harmony. The models look like the dancers carefully snapped at the moment of their ultimate grace. Whether it is a wide shot or a close-up, in black and white or in colour, it is always very elegant, subtle and sensual.
It is difficult to imagine that someone successfully worked in such a dynamic, fast-moving industry as fashion, from 30s to early 90s. Horst managed to stay always up-to-date, which takes a truly youthful soul and the infinite energy. Horst was very productive and has left a massive body of work. “I like taking photographs, because I like life,” he once said. “And I love photographing people best of all, because most of all I love humanity.” (Art SY. Link: https://artsy.net/artist/horst-p-horst)
|“Model Wearing Yellow Felt Hat” (1943). Source http://filmosofiatv.blogspot.ca/2014/01/grandes-fotografos-horst-p-horst.html)|
|1947. Source: https://pleasurephoto.wordpress.com/tag/horst-p-horst/page/9/|
Vogue (May 1952). Source: http://fashionindustryarchive.com/Covers/Vogue-Cover-May-1952-Lisa-Fonssagrives-by-Horst-P-Horst/
By: Christina Ptuhina