1958, printed later
Image Size: 9.625 x 12.75 in. (24.3 x 32.3 cm), matted, unframed.
Sheet Measures: 11 x 14 in. (28.0 x 35.6 cm).
From 1950 through 1965 Lillian Bassman worked as a fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar under the guidance of the magazine's influential art director Alexey Brodovitch. Bassman was known for manipulating her images in the development process to achieve blurring, bleaching, and staining effects.—Courtesy of Skinner
Signature: Signed "Lillian Bassman" in pencil on the verso at center, numbered and inscribed "ed 15/25 SW 213149" in pencil on the verso l.r.
About Lillian Bassman
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.
American, 1917-2012, Brooklyn, New York