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Born: Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann 
Other: Horst P. Horst 
Dates:  1906, 14 August - 1999, 18 November
Born:  Germany, Weissenfels-an-der-Salle
Died:  US, FL
Active:  US
 
  
American fashion photographer who started working for ‘Vogue‘ in 1931 photographing the collections of Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet.

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Biography provided by Focal Press 
  
Horst’s fashion career, spanning almost six decades with Condé Nast, began in 1931 as George Hoyningen-Huene’s protégé. Best known for his classical images of fashion models and fashionable figures posed in dramatic, often Greek inspired settings, Horst established a pre-war savoir-faire style of sophisticated posing where elegance and manners counted. His dramatic mastery of studio lighting gave his subjects a timeless, statuesque quality, swathing them with a glowing patina of the glamorous ideal. 
  
(Author: Robert Hirsch - Independent scholar and writer) 
  
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] 
(Used with permission) 
  

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Carl Erickson Drawing Gertrude Stein and Horst 
1946 (taken) 1980s (print)
 
  
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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
  
• Beaton, Cecil & Buckland, Gail 1975 The Magic Eye: The Genius of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company) p.190 [Useful short biographies with personal asides and one or more example images.] 
  
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.254-256 
  
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• International Center of Photography 1999 Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection (New York: A Bulfinch Press Book) p.218 [Includes a well written short biography on Horst with example plate(s) earlier in book.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Horst.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Bauret, Gabriel (ed. and text) 2001 Color Photography (New York: Assouline) [Includes example color photographs by Horst] 
  
• Koetzle, Hans-Michael 2002 Photo Icons: The Story Behind the Pictures - Volume 2 (Koln: Taschen) [This book discusses one photograph "Mainbocher Corset (1939)" by Horst in considerable detail. An excellent source for a detailed analysis.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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