Horst P. Horst.
The 20th Century fashion and portrait photographer, Horst P. Horst, has managed to stay relevant in the industry till this day. An outstanding 60 year career from 1931 to 1991 marked the peak of his career with his photographs. His work can be described in four simple words: elegance, etyle, glamour , and mystery. His work ranges from fashion, still life, portrait, and nude photgraphy. His first photograph credit was in the December 1931 for an Issue of French Vogue. He didn’t just appear all over the fashion magazines. He also has contributed amazing photographs and editorials in “Life” magazines. He was commissioned to take nine photographs which appeared in the February 1980 issue. It turned out to be the most popular issue that year, selling 1.5 million copies. You know you are truly an amazing influence when your work is being recreated among the biggest names in Hollywood. It’s like they say, “Imitation is the best form of flattery.” In 1990, Madonna copied some of his images, the most famous was the white corset photograph. Bruce Weber has also famously been influence by Horst. His famous approach to portraiture is explained by him, setting out to create a parallel aspirational universe in which his subjects became mysterious and alluring.
Personally, i was intrigued by Horst because of his consistency, mystery, and elegance in his photography. Throughout his entire career he’s shown consistency in his photographs, something that is extremely hard to accomplish in this part of the industry. Most of his images are in black in white, adding elegance and class. But at the same time, you see the mystery in the subjects. The beauty, mystery, elegance, timeless and effortlessness he brings to life in each and every photograph to not only the fashion industry but in art, is what made him an icon back in his time and still does to this day.