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Horst: Photographer of Style

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'This is a one-volume encyclopedia that will offer its reader everything from education to just sheer enjoyment and pleasure...Horst: Photographer of Style is the type of fashion/photography coffee table book that will continue to give new perspectives with each reading'  - New York Journal of Books

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Published for the V&A's 2014/5 exhibition, this exhibition catalogue is the definitive overview of the career of the photographer, Horst P. Horst.  Born in Germany in 1906, he trained at the Bauhaus before starting work for French Vogue in 1931.

The book covers his photographs of creations from the leading couturiers of Paris and New York and portraits of Hollywood greats including Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Noel Coward and Steve McQueen. The catalogue also includes Horst's exquisite collages of natural forms and his little-known travel photographs.

Editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, provides the foreword, reflecting on Horst’s work for the magazine.  Other contributors include Glenn Adamson, Martin Barnes, Philippe Garner, Robin Muir, Terence Pepper, Shawn Waldron, Claire Wilcox and Oliver Winchester.

Look through the book here.

  • Author: Susanna Brown, Curator of Photographs at V&A 
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Date published: 2014
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1851778010
  • Product Dimensions: 31.0 x 24.0 cm

★★★★★ 'a sensation' - The Evening Standard

★★★★★ 'Horst's images exude warmth and sensuality, their drama ..tempered by a joyfulness and often a dose of humour' - The Times

'a fascinating, exciting exhibition that contextualises Horst's work and allows us not just to understand the development of his signature style, but also to witness the profound changes in women, their fashion and their role in society as Horst's career spanned 60 years' - Huffington Post

'A marvel' - Vogue

'Horst: Photographer of Style is a richly illustrated survey of the single-monikered image maker whose work graced the pages of Vogue for six decades…the book is a rich history of a life spent chronicling the intersecting worlds of art, fashion, design, theater, Hollywood and high society' - Los Angeles Times

'Horst: Photographer of Style is the type of fashion/photography coffee table book that will continue to give new perspectives with each reading and is a must for those who have even the slightest interest in either of those topics…we really get to see the full breadth of his work. This stunning and detailed overview…is about as apt a title as one can get; it is clear, simple, and spot on. As said, what is so wonderful here is that the reader is exposed to a 360-degree view of Horst. This is not a book that one can recommend strongly enough because Horst may have set the bar or the platinum standard for so many genres of photography. This is a one-volume encyclopedia that will offer its reader everything from education to just sheer enjoyment and pleasure' - New York Journal of Books