|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.