Individual Works

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Horst, Horst P.

Katharine Hepburn, New York, 1982

platinum print

14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Electric Beauty, New York, 1939

platinum/palladium print

20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Diamante Buschetti at Villa Maser Ruspoli, Italy, 1947

gelatin silver print

9 3/4 x 8 in. (24.8 x 20.3 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Noel Coward, Paris, 1936

platinum palladium print

13 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. (33.7 x 26.7 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Still Life, Paris, 1939

platinum print

18 x 13 5/8 in. (45.7 x 32.6 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Coca Chanel (reclining), n.d.

gelatin silver print

24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Lisa with Harp, Paris, 1939

gelatin silver print

24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Dali Costumes, Paris, 1939

platinum print

20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Round the Clock, 1987

gelatin silver print

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Female Nude, 1952

platinum/palladium print

20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Dali, New York, 1940

platinum print

14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

American Nude, 1982

platinum print

24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939

platinum palladium print

20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Black Corset, 1948

platinum palladium print

14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Calla Aethiopica, 1945/1980

platinum print

16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Needlepoint Study, Paris, 1937

platinum print

24 x 20 in. (61 x 50.8 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Head with Orchids, 1988

platinum/palladium print

20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Horst, Horst P.

Nautilus Pompileus (Shell), 1945

platinum/palladium print

23 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (59.7 x 49.5 cm)

Horst P. Horst
              German, 1906 - 1999

 

Horst P. Horst was a photographer known best for his fashion advertising and portrait work, though he maintained a strong interest in still-life, interiors and landscape photography throughout his career. His elegant, classically inspired, yet thoroughly modern style greatly influenced the genre of fashion photography.

 

Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann attended philosopher Graf Keyserling's "School of Wisdom". Initially interested in architecture, Horst would enter the Hamburg Kunstgewerbeschule to design furniture. In 1930 he moved to Paris where he worked under architect Le Corbusier. In Paris he met Baron George Hoyningen-Huene, a photographer for French Vogue magazine, who would become a life-long friend and teacher. It was at this time that Horst began to experiment with photography. His first published photo was for French Vogue, appearing in the November 1931 issue. The 1930's were an exciting time for Horst; his work was published and exhibited in both America and France. His circle of influential friends grew to include French aristocrats, and artists such as Jean Cocteau, and fashion designer CoCo Chanel all of whom he photographed.

 

 

 

Horst received American citizenship in 1943, and changed his name to Horst P. Horst. He was drafted and served as a war photographer for the American army. Three years later he published "Patterns from Nature" a collection of plant and flower still lives.

 

Throughout his life Horst travelled the world, moved in rarefied circles and photographed the lovely, beautiful, exotic, strange and effusively wealthy. His early career is marked by a controlled in-studio practice, his later career by in-situ photography and experiments with colour. He received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Bradford in 1989.