Tuesday, June 1, 2010

HORST 1906-1949

DISCLAIMER: I am not a writer, I am a photographer. Here we go!

Some of you may know me and some of you may not know of me. What most of you may not know, is that I have always had a strong connection to the past and a real love for modern history. That’s why this post will focus on one of my favourite photographers Horst P. Horst.

Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann was a German American photographer best known for his photographs of women and fashion taken while working for Vogue magazine. At the age of 26, Horst had become instantly famous. As a regular contributor to Vogue, his work was quickly noticed and recognized by top critiques in the United States. In 1937, he moved to New York City, and while residing there met Coco Chanel, whom Horst called “the queen of the whole thing”. He would photograph her fashions for three decades.

In 1943, after he joined the Army and received his United States citizenship, officially changing his name to Horst P. Horst.

Here are some of his famous work which are faves of mine....

Mainbocher corset, Paris 1939
(an iconic photo which some of you may remember this shot being copied in Madonna's VOGUE video-more on that later)

Lisa as V.O.G.U.E 1940

Helen Bennett, Spider Dress, 1939

Dali Costumes, 1939

On another note, Madonna ripped him off royally in the video for her hit single "Vogue". In addition to copying photography from Horst, Madonna co-sidedly embodied not one but several movie stars in the video. While it may be accusable to some extend: this connection between the photographer who shot for Vogue magazine as well as the song referencing several movie stars and the glamourous life style, it doesn't take the weight from her actions: she copied them directly without much (if any) interpretation and never once did she mention that her video was heavily influenced by Horst P.Horst photography. Well of course she didn't, that would have made her look unoriginal. Here are some original photographs by Horst, side by side with images from Madonna's video....

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