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Lillian Bassman

Anne Saint-Marie, New York, Chanel Advertising Campaign, 1958

Gelatin silver print
This is part of a limited edition set.
30 × 40 in
76.2 × 101.6 cm
Edition of 25
$25,000
11 × 14 in
27.9 × 35.6 cm
Edition of 25
$9,500
location
Santa Monica
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Signed & numbered in pencil on verso
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Lillian Bassman
American, 1917–2012
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Lillian Bassman’s work as a photographer may have never been noticed by the art world if it weren’t for a trash bag full of her negatives that were found when she was already in her 70s. Bassman got her start as an art director under the tutelage of Alexey Brodovitch at Harper’s Bazaar. Working on a spin-off of the magazine, she showcased the work of photographers like Richard Avedon and Robert Frank, artists who inspired her to explore the medium herself. She developed a signature style, capturing dreamy black-and-white portraits of graceful models through experiments in the darkroom—cropping, toning, bleaching, and using gauzes and tissues to manipulate images until they took on the look of mysterious fashion illustrations.

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About the work
Signature
Signed & numbered in pencil on verso
Image rights
©The Estate of Lillian Bassman
Price ranges of photographs by Lillian Bassman
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Browse works in this category
$17,500+
This work
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$18,000+
Lillian Bassman
American, 1917–2012
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Lillian Bassman’s work as a photographer may have never been noticed by the art world if it weren’t for a trash bag full of her negatives that were found when she was already in her 70s. Bassman got her start as an art director under the tutelage of Alexey Brodovitch at Harper’s Bazaar. Working on a spin-off of the magazine, she showcased the work of photographers like Richard Avedon and Robert Frank, artists who inspired her to explore the medium herself. She developed a signature style, capturing dreamy black-and-white portraits of graceful models through experiments in the darkroom—cropping, toning, bleaching, and using gauzes and tissues to manipulate images until they took on the look of mysterious fashion illustrations.

Lillian Bassman

Anne Saint-Marie, New York, Chanel Advertising Campaign, 1958

Gelatin silver print
This is part of a limited edition set.
30 × 40 in
76.2 × 101.6 cm
Edition of 25
$25,000
11 × 14 in
27.9 × 35.6 cm
Edition of 25
$9,500
location
Santa Monica
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Want to sell a work by this artist? Consign with Artsy.
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