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George Hoyningen-Huene photographing Rita Hayworth, 1943. Photo by Philippe Halsman

George Hoyningen-Huene

An Iconic Photographer of the Twentieth Century

George Hoyningen-Huene is acknowledged as one of the most iconic pioneers in the genre of fashion photography. His elegant pared down style has had a dramatic impact on fashion houses around the world and his work continues to have relevance today, as someone who created some of the most striking photographic portraits and compositions of the twentieth century.

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OstLicht Gallery for Photography, Vienna, Austria, June 1st - August 7, 2022

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Divers, Horst and Lee Miller, Paris, 1930

anna wintour’s favorite

When asked to choose her favorite Vogue photographs, Anna Wintour included Huene’s The Divers (July 1930).  She also selected images by Edward Steichen, Horst P Horst, Irving Penn and Cecil Beaton. At the centre of this circle of international photographers, was Huene. This gifted group would help to create the look and style of the 1930’s era, and beyond.  Also included, were photographers Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Lee Miller, all of whom were active supporters of the human rights movement. Huene was one of the first fashion photographers to use male models in photo shoots.

Form – light – shadow

George Hoyningen-Huene will be remembered for his unmatched talent for balancing color, form, light, shadow, and the pared-back look of his images. Many of his timeless photographic masterpieces are in the collections of the world’s leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NYC.

Ernor Carise with a Hula Hoop, 1930

Photo of the week

This is where we share our favourite George Hoyningen-Huene photographs and latest discoveries from the archive.

🤍 A Celestial Birthday 🤍 Huene’s lover and protégé Horst P. Horst was born on this day in 1906 in Germany. ‘Horst and Natasha Paley, 1932, photographed by George Hoyningen-Huene. A still from a movie - it had no title and no plot, and was never completed - that Huene was shooting. Here Horst has rescued Princess Paley (then married in real life to the couturier Lucien Lelong) from being run over by a taxi in a storm.’ From the book Horst: His Work and His World by Valentine Lawford #horstphorst #natashapaley #georgehoyningenhuene #1930s #filmhistory #1930sfashion #blackandwhitephotography #vintagephotography #classicphotography
Thank you @galagreece for this enjoyable interview about Huene’s work in Hollywood 🎬 The six-page feature includes some of our favourite photographs from the Estate Archives, #carolelombard #luiserainer #katharinehepburn #judygarland #gretagarbo The exhibition HOLLYWOOD @helmutnewtonfoundation in Berlin continues until 20 November and features some of George Hoyningen-Huene’s most glamorous star portraits. #goldenageofhollywood #classicphotography #blackandwhitephotography #ancientgreece #hoyningenhuene
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