Outstanding photos of Horst P. Horst
• Outstanding photos of Horst P. Horst
November 18, 1999 at the age of 93 years died a famous German-born photographer Horst P. Horst - author of the famous pictures of "the girl in a corset." Horst entered the history of the 20th century as the greatest master of fashion and portrait photography, and one of the creators of erotic photography in its present form. For 60 years of his career he became a truly legendary figure, and his works - synonymous with elegance, style and sophisticated glamor. Today we have gathered for you the outstanding work of the author.
Horst Paul Albert Bormann was born in 1906 in the city of Veysenfels, Germany, the son of a wealthy merchant. Already in his early youth he met in the house of her aunt with the dancer Evan Weidmann, was largely determined by his interest in avant-garde art. In the photo: a picture of the famous series "Dial" (Round the Clock), 1987.
However, the first picture of little interest to Horst. He learned carpentry and furniture trade in the Hamburg School of Applied Arts and passionately interested in architecture. In 1930, Horst moved to Paris to study architecture under the guidance of his idol - the famous Le Corbusier.
Horst soon met a young photographer of Vogue magazine Baron George Goyningenom-Güney, became his model, assistant and rumored lover also. Already in 1931, he began collaborating with Vogue.
In 1932 held the first exhibition of the young photographer in Paris. The exhibition has received rave reviews in the magazine The New Yorker, by which learned about it, not only in Europe but also in America. So Horst P. Horst suddenly "woke up famous," suddenly becoming the real star of fashion photography.
In the same year he made a portrait of the actress Bette Davis, who became the first in the list of pictures of celebrities, which was replenished throughout the life of the master.
In 1935, Horst became the chief artist of French Vogue. Later, for many the name of Horst and the concept of "style of Vogue" become synonymous. In the photo: a picture of the famous series "Dial" (Round the Clock).
Horst Photos are brilliant play of light and shadow. He worked almost exclusively in the studio where he could create the necessary lighting, and almost never used filters.
The models in his works are often associated with the ancient statues: Horst even made the girls go to the Louvre, so that they penetrate there plasticity and elegant grace. He thought the photographer, the main technical problem, which has to overcome his colleagues - is stiffness model; the rest you can always easily cope.
Horst lot of attention to detail, are often very catchy and unexpected: "In my finest work there is always a bit of a mess, for example, a dirty ashtray", - says the photographer.
In 1936, Horst creates one of his most famous "fashion" sketches - "White Liner" and removes Fonssagriv Lisa (pictured), which is a long time will become his favorite model.
In 1937, Horst first met Coco Chanel. He really admired this remarkable woman, he called her "the queen of all" and was ready to take pictures for Madame anything.
In September 1939, Horst made his most famous photograph, "Corset Meynboher", which created a furor. This work is considered to be the pinnacle of eroticism in photography.
And next year Horst takes the first photograph in the style of "nude" with the same model - "Lara with the harp."
40s Horst moved to America and received US citizenship. In his US passport had already written the name by which he went into the history of photography - Horst P. Horst.
The famous series of portraits of Marlene Dietrich in 1942 captured the actress in thought: this work has become a classic glamor portrait. In the opinion of the actress, none of the other photographers do not whitewash the skin and hides even the slightest flaws figures.
During the war years before the photographer got a difficult choice between his native homeland - Germany - and the new homeland - the United States. In July 1943, Horst joined the ranks of the US Army and worked as a war photographer in the Army journal, but these works are not widely known.
After the war approach to fashion photography has changed somewhat - the place of studio shooting came photography, stylized reportage. And Horst switched to portrait photos of international bohemia.
In 1945, Horst was invited to the White House, where he photographs of US President Harry Truman, who would later become his true friend. In the postwar period, Horst did portraits of each of the new first lady of the country. Photo: Jackie Kennedy, 1953.
Horst continued to shoot up to 1992, while his vision has not worsened dramatically. In the photo: one of the later works of the author - "Eva Rose", 1988.
Today Horst - one of the most expensive photographers of the twentieth century, the price of its original author's prints are very rare on the market is constantly grow and fluctuate at around $ 10,000. In the photo: another shot of the famous series "Dial" (Round the Clock), 1987.