A Collection of Horst P. Horst Classics (1930s)

Horst P. Horst (1906 – 1999) was a German-American fashion photographer. His first exhibition took place at La Plume d’Or in Paris in 1932. It was reviewed by Janet Flanner in The New Yorker, and this review, which appeared after the exhibition ended, made Horst instantly prominent.

Horst made a portrait of Bette Davis the same year, the first in a series of public figures he would photograph during his career. Within two years, he had photographed Noël Coward, Yvonne Printemps, Lisa Fonssagrives, Count Luchino Visconti di Madrone, Duke Fulco di Verdura, Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg, Princess Natalia Pavlovna Paley, Daisy Fellowes, Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark, Cole Porter, Elsa Schiaparelli, and others like Eve Curie.

Horst rented an apartment in New York City in 1937, and while residing there met Coco Chanel, whom Horst called “the queen of the whole thing”. He would photograph her fashions for three decades.

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Horst P. Horst, Mainbocher Corset, 1939 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Lisa with Harp, 1939 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Coco Chanel, Paris, 1937 via

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Horst P. Horst Classics, Still Life, 1937 via

A Collection of Portraits by Laure Albin-Guillot (1930s)

Laure Albin Guillot (1879 – 1962) was a French photographer. In addition to portraits of Paris celebrities, she covered a wide variety of genres and had a number of high-ranking positions. A retrospective of her work is being held from 26 February to 12 May 2013 at Jeu de Paume, Paris

Laure Albin Guillot exhibited in the 1920s, adopting a classical approach or French style rather than the avant-garde trends of the day. But it was in the 1930s and 1940s that her work dominated the photographic scene. She covered a variety of genres, everything from portraits and nudes to landscapes, still lifes and, to a lesser extent, journalism. A master of technology, she made use of the very latest methods of image production, perfectly suited to the requirements of publication.

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

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Laure Albin-Guillot Portrait of a Woman, 1930s via

A Collection of Photos Feat. Meret Opphenheimer by Man Ray (1930s)

Meret (or Méret) Elisabeth Oppenheim (1913 – 1985) was a German-born Swiss Surrealist artist and photographer. Oppenheim was a member of the Surrealist movement along with André Breton, Luis Buñuel, Max Ernst, and other writers and visual artists. Besides creating art objects, Oppenheim also famously appeared as a model for photographs by Man Ray, most notably a series of nude shots of her interacting with a printing press.

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim with a drawing by her self, 1936 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1934 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Oppenheim, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Meret Oppenheim, rue Val de Grâce, Paris, 1933 via

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Man Ray, Portrait of Meret Opphenheimer via