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Lillian Bassman

A Seminal figure in the history of fashion photography, Lillian Bassman's photographs appeared on the pages of Harper's Bazaar from the late 1940s through the 1960s. Known for blurred silhouettes, exaggerated gestures, and unusual compositions, Bassman's photographs illustrate the mystery and glamour of the modern woman. Transforming her images with bleaching and toning techniques in the darkroom, she introduced a new aesthetic and revolutionized fashion photography.

Born To Dance, Margie Cato, Dress by Emily Wilkins, New York, 1950
Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches.
Print number 24 from an edition of 25. Signed on label on verso.

Night Bloom, Olga Panthusenkova, Hat by Christian Lacroix Haute Couture, Paris, The New York Times Magazine, 31 March 1996
Gelatin silver print, 24 x 20 inches.
Print number 3 from an edition of 25.
Signed and editioned, in pencil, on verso.

Anne Saint Marie, Chanel Advertising Campaign (Variant), 1959
Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches.
Print number 1 from an edition of 25.
Signed and editioned, in pencil, on verso.

© Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York & Zürich