German actress Brigitte Helm is best known for her dual role as Maria and the robot in Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis.' Though she continued to act in films in Germany for almost a decade after her debut in that classic, nothing else she worked on would have the same cultural weight. Photograph by George Hoyningen-Huené 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.