Horst P. Horst
Horst P. Horst is a famous and contributed fashion and portrait photography in the twentieth century. He is famous for his elegant, and rarefied glamour photo skills. The most frequently used elements in his photos are women in fashion.
Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann is the full name of Horst, and he was born 1906 in a middle class Protestant shop owner. In 1931, Horst began to collaborate with Vogue, and post his first fashion image in Vogue French in 1931 December issue. After 1937, he took photos for Coco Chanel for over 30 years.
Beside fashion, he also has photos in interior architecture and still life. Another feature of Horst’s working is a black and white photo. Most photos we saw took by Horst are black and white. He is very good at use light and shadow to create the overall theme rather than using fashion colors. He translated the fabric and human form into light and shade, and produces the Sculptural feature of this photographer. Shapes and lines are strongly form the overall mood of the photos. In his photo, Horst pursues a parallel aspirational universe. As the result, his photos also have a mysterious quality. His last photo was shot for British Vogue, and the figure was the Princess Michael of Kent. Beside Vogue, Horst also collaborated with House and Garden, Life, books, and even galleries.
His style became a huge inspiration and imitated by many later photographers such as Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber. He was not only a photographer for fashion magazines and images, but also took photos for many couture designers such as Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Molyneux and Vionnet.