Horst: Photographer Of Style

Horst Round the Clock, New York,
Round the Clock, New York, 1987. © Condé Nast/Horst Estate

I spent Saturday evening at the Tate Modern, this week, wheeling around the Matisse and Malevich exhibitions, currently showing there. Fabulous.  I love going to art exhibitions and, every time I do it, I think,’I just do not do this enough.’

So in the spirit of more, I am scheduling Horst: Photographer Of Style into my autumn diary right now.  This exhibition is on from 6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015 at the Victoria and Albert Musem in London and, as they say:

Horst P. Horst (1906-99) created images that transcend fashion and time. He was a master of light, composition and atmospheric illusion, who conjured a world of sensual sophistication. In an extraordinary sixty-year career, his photographs graced the pages of Vogue and House and Garden under the one-word photographic byline ‘Horst’. He ranks alongside Irving Penn and Richard Avedon as one of the pre-eminent fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century.

Everyone knows the satin corset photo, so famously emulated by Madonna, but my favourite, of those I know, is the one above, titled Round The Clock, from the 1980’s, a period when Horst:

… produced new prints for museums and the collector’s market, selecting emblematic works from every decade of his career to be reprinted in platinum-palladium, sometimes with new titles. This was a complex and expensive technique, employing metals more expensive than gold. 

Sounds unmissable for anyone interested in photography and fashion, don’t you think?

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