Published February 1, 1931
Joséphine Baker became an icon of the Roaring Twenties thanks to her role in La Revue Nègre at the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées in Paris in 1925, which made her an overnight star. Baker was asked to join the Folies Bergère, the famous Parisian dance hall known for its burlesques. George Hoyningen-Huené took a series of photographs of the beautiful dancer around 1927. This outtake from that series, of Baker in an elaborate feathered costume, is from the Condé Nast Archive.
(Russian, 1900-1968) Huené came from an aristocratic Russian family that was forced from the country during the Revolution. An illustrator-turned-photographer, Huené began working for Vogue in the Paris office in the early 1920s. In 1925, he was promoted to chief photographer, a position he held for the next nine years. A mentor to Horst, Huené's imagery is evocative and glamorous. His photographs rely on a balanced composition and a classical sensibility. His 1930 fashion portrait of two bathers looking off into the distance is considered one of the greatest photographs ever taken.