photographer Horst P. Horst

November 18, 1999
German died
photographer Horst P. Horst (Horst P. Horst, 1906-1999)

Horst P. Horst has played in the history of photography's unique role, becoming one of the pioneers of fashion photography and one of the founders of the studio nude in their present form. Figure Horst - a kind of link between those "great", like Man Ray, Brassaï and Frantisek Drtikol, following them not less talented, like Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, William Klein and Helmut Newton and contemporary fashion photography.

For sixty years the name of Horst P. Horst became legendary, turning from the long, heavy catchy, to succinctly - short, a kind of trademark "Horst". Along with Cecil Beaton and Man Ray, Horst P. Horst it is one of the leading masters of portraiture Photomod and pre-war and post-war years.

Horst Paul Albert Bormann was born in Weissenfels (Germany), August 14, 1906. He was the second son of a prosperous shopkeeper, Protestant middle class Max and Clara Shenbord Bormann. In twenty years, he begins to study the furniture business under the leadership of Walter Gropius, the Hamburg school of applied arts Kunstgewerbeschule and seriously interested in architecture. In 1929, Horst sends a letter to his idol, constructivist architect Le Corbusier, expressing their desire to study architecture at the Paris studio of the maestro. In 1930, Horst moved to Paris to study architecture starting to have Corbusier. At the same time, he met with Baron Georg Hoyningen - Hyuenom, polubaltiyskim, poluamerikanskim nobleman, chief photographer of French Vogue, who advised Horst to do photography. Influenced Hyuena, Horst left his studies architecture in favor of a photo. The first pictures, Horst-established as a photographer, appeared in 1931 in the December issue of French Vogue. It was a commercial photography for a whole page on which models dressed in black velvet, elegantly pours bottles of spirits Klytia.

Thus begins his professional rise, he executes orders for Vogue, traveling throughout Europe. The first exhibition was held in Horst Parisian gallery La Plume d'Or in 1932. After rave reviews from the French correspondent Janet Flannery in the magazine New Yorker, which appeared after the end of the exhibition, Horst comes to fame. Vogue orders him even a number of works, and it becomes a regular photographer of the magazine and related publications Sonde Nast Publications Vanity Fair. The end of the '30s and early' 40s were his most successful years. In 1939, Horst went to Ameriku.21 October 1943 Horst received US citizenship like Horst P. Horst. He became a photographer and the army began to withdraw by order of the US Army, most of his work was published in the Journal of the army Belvoir Castle. After two years, will be released his first book, "Pictures for 10 years».

Horst photo exhibition held in prestigious venues around the world, and the author's albums are in stable commercial success. He continues to record until 1991, when his eyesight was rapidly deteriorating. He died at his home in Palm Beach (Florida) November 18, 1999, mourned by his friend, the adopted son of Lawford and Richard J.. Horst. Great photographer was 93, 60 of which he gave the photos.


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