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Hoyningen-Huene, called Huene, was one of fashion's most elite photographers. Born into an aristocratic family in Russia in 1900, Huene was well educated. Having fled the Revolution, he began a career in illustration in Paris that led into fashion photography. His work for Paris Vogue and Harper's Bazaar recalled his early passion for what Ewing calls "the cult of the classical." With help from Huene's memoirs and friends, Ewing brings the man and his lesser known portraits, documentary images,... read more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
George Hoyningen-Huene was born into the privileged world of the Russian aristocracy at the turn of the century. In Paris, as a refugee from the Revolution, he worked for Vogue, first as an illustrator and then as a supremely successful fashion photographer. Confidently, even imperiously, he created unprecedented images of perfect elegance by means of models, clothes, and, above all, the manipulation of light. Moving in the 1930s to Harper's Bazaar, he extended his range to portraiture and travel, capturing artists, composers, Hollywood stars, and the landscapes of Africa, Greece, Egypt, and Mexico in timeless visions of classical harmony. Two hundred and twenty-five superbly reproduced color and duotone illustrations display the full range of Hoyningen-Huene's talent. They have been chosen by William A. Ewing, Director of the Muse de l'Elyse in Lausanne, who also provides an account of the photographer's career, drawing extensively on his unpublished memoirs. He shows how Hoyningen-Huene's style and techniques were shaped by his aristocratic upbringing, by his collaboration with Man Ray, by his intimate contacts with the artistic milieu of 1920s Paris, and by the influence of the photographers Edward Steichen and Baron de Meyer. Little-known aspects of his life, such as his work in Hollywood as color coordinator for George Cukor, are discussed. The text concludes with a survey of his importance for photographers as diverse and distinguished as Avedon, Penn, and Horst.