Horst P. Horst, ‘Lisa "I Love You"’, 1937, Vogue Archives
Horst P. Horst, ‘Lisa "I Love You"’, 1937, Vogue Archives

One of the most iconic 20th-century fashion photographers, Horst was responsible for over 150 Vogue covers and will be the subject of a major exhibition in 2014 at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

"This photograph shows the influence of the surrealist movement. The only surrealist I knew was Dali, because the rest were anti-Cocteau. They thought he was rock-bottom – too much in society, too homosexual.”

Series: This print is from an open edition.

Signature: Framed. Signed, titled and dated verso in pencil.

Image rights: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

David Seidner, Martin Harrison , Lisa Fonssagrives – Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography, Schirmer Mosel, Munch 1996, p. 125

Valentine Lawford, Horst, His Work and His World, Knopf 1984, p. 168

About Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst (born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann) was one of the towering figures of 20th century fashion photography. Best known for his work with Vogue—who called him “photography’s alchemist”—Horst rose to prominence in Paris in the interwar years, publishing his first work with the magazine in 1931. In the decades that followed, Horst’s experimentations with radical composition, nudity, double exposures, and other avant-garde techniques would produce some of the most iconic fashion images ever, like Mainbocher Corset and Lisa with Harp (both 1939). As The New York Times once described, “Horst tamed the avant-garde to serve fashion.” Though associated most closely with fashion photography, Horst captured portraits of many of the 20th century’s brightest luminaries, dabbling with influences as far-ranging as Surrealism and Romanticism. “I like taking photographs, because I like life,” he once said. “And I love photographing people best of all, because most of all I love humanity.”

German-American, 1906-1999