Published May 1953
A surrealist photograph shows an elegant woman in a sleeveless, black and white polka dotted dress with white gloves in the foreground of a room which seems to be sketched. Behind her a group of black creatures with white tulle heads and large black eyes huddles together, observing her.
(German, 1909-1999). Horst is one of the most celebrated photographers in the history of Vogue magazine. Born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann in Germany, he apprenticed in Paris under Le Corbusier and got his start at Vogue after meeting photographer Baron George Hoyningen-Huene and, later, Cecil Beaton. He worked at Vogue's Paris studio and then New York. A Horst photo is known for dramatic lighting and imaginative props and sets. His photographs of calmly elegant women are among the most recognizable fashion photographs in the world- his image of a model seen from behind with her Mainbocher corset unraveling is an icon of modern photography. In the 1940s he began shooting interiors for House & Garden as well as continuing his fashion work. The first exhibition of his work took place in Paris in 1932. Since then it has been featured in a number of exhibitions including large shows at the Sonnabend Gallery, the International Center of Photography, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Staley Wise Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Portrait Gallery, London.