Photographer of Style

The influential work of Horst P. Horst travels to Düsseldorf.


The work of German-born artist Horst Bohrmann, commonly known as Horst P. Horst—one of the most important (fashion) photographers of the 20th century—is now on show at NRW-Forum, Düsseldorf. Curated by the V&A Museum in London, the exhibition is composed of 250 classic photos and other personal projects like letters, drawings, films and gowns. Born in 1906, the photographer first worked as an apprentice to Le Corbusier. From the 1930s he established himself as fashion photographer and started working for Vogue under the guidance of George Hoyningen-Huene. Horst moved from Paris to New York, living out the rest of his life in the US and taking on American citizenship. The rich and famous stood in line to be photographed by Horst; his portfolio includes Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali and Rita Hayworth, among others. The exhibition also reveals his lesser-known photography, concentrating on nude studies, patterns and the artist’s travels to the Middle East—taking you through 60 years of aesthetics changes in Horst’s life.


By Michelle Janssen

Photo 1: Vogue, 1939, courtesy of Condé Nast / Horst Estate

Photo 2: Mainbocher Corset, 1939

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