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Lillian Bassman


PhotoUtopia Intro: I only recently rediscovered Lillian Bassman, I must admit that many of her images I thought were those of Beaton or Blumenfeld, but there is a gentleness to her images; as if she is catching the sitter unawares. Though her shots are as dynamic, stylish and graphic as other fashion photographers, there is more of a sense of portraiture, as a viewer there is a palpable feeling of connection with those portrayed; in that respect her work is closer to Richard Avedon, whom she championed at Harper’s Bazaar.

Wikipedia*Lillian Bassman (June 15, 1917 in Brooklyn) is an American painter and photographer.
From the 1940s until the 1960s, Bassman worked as a fashion photographer for Junior Bazaar and later at Harper's Bazaar, where she promoted the careers of photographers such as Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Louis Faurer and Arnold Newman. Under the guidance of the Russian emigrant Alexey Brodovitch, she began to photograph her model subjects primarily in black and white. Her work was published for the most part in Harper’s Bazaar, between 1950-1965.

By the 1970s, Bassman’s interest in pure form in her fashion photography was out of vogue. She turned to her own photo projects and abandoned fashion photography. In doing so, she tossed out 40 years of negatives and prints - her life’s work. Over 20 years later, a forgotten bag filled with hundreds of images was discovered. Bassman’s fashion photographic work began to be re-appreciated in the 1990s.

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