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29.09.2010

 

Milestones of early fashion photography : George Hoyningen-Huene at the Fahey/Klein Gallery L.A.

The early days of fashion photography saw their advent in the 1920s and 1930s. George Hoyningen-Huene advanced to become the head photographer of French Vogue, met his comrade-in-arms and lover-to-be Horst P. Horst and together they dived head first into the glamorous world of high society and theatre. He became the chronicler of this world and its fashion.

In 2007, the photographer's son R.J. Horst, commissioned Huene's pictures to be manufactured as platinum palladium prints. The Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles now presents the unique fashion photographs in an exhibition until 16 October.

Huene’s view on aesthetics was pristine, unattainable and of a grace comparable to Greek sculptures. A defining characteristic of his pictures was the static, the monumental.

George Hoyningen-Huene was born in 1900 and grew up in St. Petersburg, fleeing first to London in 1920 and to Paris afterwards. He began his career as a stylist for Harper's Bazaar and Fairchild magazine, arriving at Vogue in 1925. In 1931, he met young photographer Horst Bohrmann, who became his lover and frequently used model for a few years. Under the pseudonym of Horst P. Horst, he became a defining style icon of 1930s Vogue photography.

Later on, he made his way to New York to Harper's Bazaar, to Greece and then to Egypt. In the mid 1940s, he found himself in Hollywood, making a living with photo portraits for the film industry. He passed away on September 12 1968 in Los Angeles.

As early as the 1980s, Horst P. Horst began to create platinum palladium prints of his own works and continued to do so with some of Huene's pictures as well. This series of prints includes ‘The Divers’ and ‘Horst Torso’. He planned on extending the project but passed away in 1999.

His son, R.J. Horst picked up the process again in order to complete a Hoyningen-Huene retrospective in St. Petersburg. Many of the exhibited works have never been accessible to collectors before. All proceeds will go to the International Center of Photography New York.

George Hoyningen-Huene
Photographs

Fahey/Klein Gallery
148 North La Brea
Los Angeles

Until 16 October 2010
Tue – Sat, 10am – 6pm

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FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

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FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

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FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE

FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY : George HOYNINGEN-HUENE