50 Extraordinary Fashion Photographs Taken by Horst P. Horst From the Mid-20th Century

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Horst P. Horst is one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century and was internationally renowned. He is regarded as a master in the history of fashion photography, and many of his photos are icons of classic photography.

In 1931 Horst started his artistic career at French Vogue in Paris. The 1930s were a dynamic and formative decade for the evolution of color photography. In 1935 Kodak Kodachrome, the first color photographic film that allowed for rich, nuanced scale of natural colous, was released. Horst immediately took advantage of the possibilities of this new technology to become a successful photographer. He was most prolific from the late 1930s through to the early 1950s, shooting over ninety magazine covers for magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair and American Condé Nast. Many of these cover photos can also be viewed as impressive stand alone photographs. These images of famous models and Hollywood actresses wearing the latest designer fashions that manage to convey a sense of effortless style. The photographs’ elegance, spontaneity and fresh poses enhance the glimpse into the American Dream that Horst captured.

Whilst his black and white photography is characterized by a dramatic use of light and shadow, Horst’s color photographs juxtapose bold primary colors to create a strong contrast. His compositions make sensational bright, clear photographs that have a timeless quality and appeal, as well as offering a snapshot of American life of the period.

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