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Photographer of Style

Susanna Brown (Editor), Anna Wintour (Foreword by), Philippe Garner (Text by), Claire Wilcox (Text by), Robin Muir (Text by)


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INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards -- 2014 GOLD Winner for Photography

The first major book to celebrate the entire career of legendary fashion photographer Horst P. Horst. The first comprehensive book on Horst P. Horst, this richly illustrated survey accompanies a retrospective of the photographer’s career, spanning fashion, nudes, portraiture, interiors, and art, at the Victoria and Albert Museum. For an incredible six decades, Horst’s work graced the pages and covers of Vogue, beginning in the 1930s alongside luminaries such as Cecil Beaton and George Hoyningen-Huene. With equal admiration for the physical ideals of classical sculpture and the surrealism of Salvador Dali, Horst crafted some of fashion’s most iconic images. Newly researched essays follow the photographer as he captured—and mingled with—the great thinkers, designers, and muses of his day, among them Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel. Known first as a master photographer of French and British couture, Horst also left his mark on interior and lifestyle photography with his work in House & Garden. This survey traces a career remarkable for its range, daring, and depth.

Praise For Horst: Photographer of Style

“Horst: Photographer of Style is the type of fashion/photography coffee table book that will continue to give new perspectives with each reading and is a must for those who have even the slightest interest in either of those topics…we really get to see the full breadth of his work. This stunning and detailed overview…is about as apt a title as one can get; it is clear, simple, and spot on. As said, what is so wonderful here is that the reader is exposed to a 360-degree view of Horst. This is not a book that one can recommend strongly enough because Horst may have set the bar or the platinum standard for so many genres of photography. This is a one-volume encyclopedia that will offer its reader everything from education to just sheer enjoyment and pleasure.” –New York Journal of Books

“…guaranteed to inspire just about every corner of your life.” –One King’s Lane

"Whether he was snapping the ruins of Persepolis or haute couture chapeaus, the gravel-voiced virtuoso had no illusions about what made his oeuvre special. 'I don't think photography has anything remotely to do with the brain,' said Horst, whose romantic partnership with writer Valentine Lawford also fueled stunning beau monde-at-home stories for Vogue. 'It has to do with eye appeal.'" –Architectural Digest

"Horst: Photographer of Style is a richly illustrated survey of the single-monikered image maker whose work graced the pages of Vogue for six decades…the book is a rich history of a life spent chronicling the intersecting worlds of art, fashion, design, theater, Hollywood and high society.” –Los Angeles Times

Celebrating the entire career of legendary fashion photographer Horst P. Horst, this rich illustration includes a retrospective of the photographer’s career, spanning fashion, nudes, portraiture, interiors, and art at the Victoria and Albert Museum.” –Society Diaries

"The father of fashion photography, Horst, proved the worth of fashion photography as an art form, as evidenced by his works in Horst: Photographer of Style. The images in this book inspired, and will continue to inspire new generations of artists." -Document Magazine

Skira Rizzoli, 9780847844555, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 7, 2014

About the Author

Susanna Brown is curator of photography, Martin Barnes is senior curator of photography, and Claire Wilcox is curator of textiles and dress at the V&A, London. Glenn Adamson is director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. Philippe Garner is international head of twentieth-century decorative art and design and photographs, Christie's London. Robin Muir is a fashion historian and writer. Terence Pepper is senior special advisor on photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Shawn Waldron is senior director of archives and records at Condé Nast. Oliver Winchester is a curator at the Design Museum, London.