wtorek, 9 września 2014
|Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1 July 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate|
‘Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again.’ Horst, 1984
Horst P. Horst is often credited as one of the greatest photographers of all time, side by side with Richard Avedon and Irving Penn. His greatness is divinely highlighted on V&A’s first retrospective of the photographer, “Horst: Photographer of Style”, opens from the 6th of September.
The exhibition builds a timeline across Horst’s long career – he was an active photographer for over 60 years – adding curiosity drops of his personal life (did you know, for instance, that he worked in Paris as an apprentice to Le Corbusier) and backstories of some of the shoots. Notebooks, drawings, scrapbooks and letters also accompany the show, and even some of his cameras – an epic moment for analogue lovers such as ourselves.
9 September 1899 – 8 July 1984
“Chance is always there. We all use it. The difference is a poor photographer meets chance one out of a hundred times and a good photographer meets chance all the time.” Brassaï
Today marks the birthday of Brassaï (Pseudonym of Gyula Halász), one of the most renowned photographers of the interwar period. Born in 1899 in the Transylvanian town of Brassó, who rose to fame in France in the 20th century.
Brassaï became well known for his candid shots of the streets of Paris and his long-time friend, Henry Miller, nicknamed him “The Eye of Paris” for his devotion to the city. Through out his career he became friends with a number of different artists including Picasso which resulted in many famous portraits of the artist, as well as important books. His first photo-book, published in 1933 and entitled Paris de nuit (published in English as Paris After Dark), remains the most famous depiction of the city’s hidden underbelly, and is considered a classic of early street photography.