Helmut Newton “Model in Venice” (1966)

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Model in Venice’ is taken in a rare location for Newton: Venice. While its romanticism was a source of great inspiration for Newton, he only shot in the city on a handful of occasions, here for Queen Magazine in 1966 with clothes by Femme 90- an avant-garde designer at the time. Venice appealed to Newton for its water and elegance of the vaporetto. Here, the model’s clothing sprays in the wind, leaving her enigmatically anonymous via

Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim at their wedding in Las Vegas (1965)

Jane Fonda married her first husband, French film director Roger Vadim, on August 14, 1965, at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. During their marriage Vadim would accompany her back to the US periodically while she made movies there. The couple had a daughter, Vanessa, born on September 28, 1968, in Paris, France, and named after the actress and activist Vanessa Redgrave.

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Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda wedding, 1965 via

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Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim at their wedding in Las Vegas by Dennis Hopper, 1965 via

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Roger Vadim and Jane Fonda wedding, 1965 via

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Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim at their wedding in Las Vegas by Dennis Hopper, 1965 via

Jean Shrimpton in Mary Quant Dress (1963)

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Jean Shrimpton in Mary Quant Dress, photographed by John French, 1963 via

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Jean Shrimpton in Mary Quant Dress, photographed by John French, 1963 via

Amazing Fashion Photography by Lillian Bassman

Lillian Bassman (1917–2012) was a photographer, art director, and painter best known for her work in fashion photography.

Bassman wanted to be a dancer, but an injury to her heel crushed that hope. Instead, she attended a vocational high school and studied textile design. She graduated in 1933.

From the 1940s until the 1960s Bassman worked as a fashion photographer for Junior Bazaar and later at Harper’s Bazaar where she promoted the careers of photographers such as Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Louis Faurer and Arnold Newman. Under the guidance of the Russian emigrant, Alexey Brodovitch, she began to photograph her model subjects primarily in black and white. Her work was published for the most part in Harper’s Bazaar from 1950 to 1965.

By the 1970s Bassman’s interest in pure form in her fashion photography was out of vogue. She turned to her own photo projects and abandoned fashion photography. In doing so she tossed out 40 years of negatives and prints – her life’s work. A forgotten bag filled with hundreds of images was discovered over 20 years later. Bassman’s fashion photographic work began to be re-appreciated in the 1990s.

The most notable qualities about her photographic work are the high contrasts between light and dark, the graininess of the finished photos, and the geometric placement and camera angles of the subjects. Bassman became one of the last great woman photographers in the world of fashion.

 

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Lillian Bassman. Barbara Mullen (Blowing Kiss VARIANT), Harper’s Bazaar via

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Lillian Bassman. More Fashion Mileage per Dress, Barbara Vaughn, New York via

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Lillian Bassman. Southwest Passage – Sunset Pink: Model unknown, pajamas via

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Lillian Bassman. Fantasy on the Dance Floor: Barbara Mullen in a Christian Dior Dress, Paris. Harper’s Bazaar, 1949 via

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