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Horst P Horst


PhotoUtopia Intro: The consummate studio photographer, Horst used lights and simple yet creative sets to produce pictures of great elegance and beauty. Influenced by the master of stagecraft Cecil Beaton, you can see many of the same traits in Horst’s images. The shadows in Horst work are never accidental and are only permitted if they add to the overall desired visual effect. With just four spotlights, some simple props, Horst creates an infinite array of shapes, forms and tones.

Wikipedia*Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann (August 14, 1906 – November 18, 1999), who chose to be known as Horst P. Horst was a German-American fashion photographer.
Horst is best known for his photographs of women and fashion, but is also recognised for his photographs of interior architecture, still lifes, especially ones including plants, and environmental portraits. One of the great iconic photos of the Twentieth-Century is "The Mainbocher Corset" with its erotically charged mystery, captured by Horst in Vogue’s Paris studio in 1939. Designers like Donna Karan continue to use the timeless beauty of "The Mainbocher Corset" as an inspiration for their outerwear collections today. His work frequently reflects his interest in surrealism and his regard of the ancient Greek ideal of physical beauty.

His method of work typically entailed careful preparation for the shoot, with the lighting and studio props (of which he used many) arranged in advance. His instructions to models are remembered as being brief and to the point. His published work uses lighting to pick out the subject; he frequently used four spotlights, often one of them pointing down from the ceiling.

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