"Costume for Salvador Dali's Dream of Venus (Lobster #1)", 1939
Gelatin silver print, 1980s
Signed "Horst" in pencil on verso, "Horst" signature blind stamp recto
11 3/8 x 9" image, 14 x 11" print
Horst P. Horst apprenticed in Le Corbusier's studio in Paris in 1930, then gave up architecture for photography, which he learned from George Hoyningen-Huene. Horst worked as a photographer for French Vogue and, after immigrating to the United States prior to WWII, as a photographer for American Vogue. By the 1950s, his trademark elegance was considered outdated in editorial fashion photography. Diana Vreeland, editor-in-chief at Vogue, encouraged him to photograph international high society
he spent most of his time between 1961 and 1975 traveling and photographing for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and House & Garden. His innovative use of lighting that enhanced his subjects' best features contributed to the success of both his architectural and life-style photographs, which established a new standard for the field in the 1960s. The resurgence of luxury in fashion photography in the late 1970s and early 1980s renewed interest in Horst's pictures from the 1930s. Several exhibitions of his work have been mounted, including two retrospectives at the International Center for Photography (ICP), one of which coincided with his receiving the ICP Master of Photography Infinity Award in 1996.