View of ruins at the palace of Persepolis, Persia, 1949 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate
#3, 8,11 and 12 - just perfect pictures.
8 and 11 are dazzlingly masterful! ^_^
"He frequently used four spotlights, often one of them pointing down from the ceiling. Only rarely do his photos include shadows falling on the background of the set." source: Wikipedia
Wait a minute, didn't Amazon just patent that set up?
In a time when photography struggled to be seen as a legitimate art, Horst and others produced strange and beautiful images in the interstice of fine art and more popular culture.
Horst had wonderful control of the craft of photography, yet the ultimate reward is found in an astute understanding and application of illusion and abstract potentials, those principles so important to the trajectory of art in the wake of surrealism. And, while the images speak of that time (or times), they still feel fresh and, I imagine, still inspire in terms of playfulness and elegance.
I couldn't have said it better.Lots of Surrealism & Art Deco here.The mastering of lights is incredible.
Great - I hope the exhibition comes to Berlin as well.