George Hoyningen-Huene: fashion photographer

The photographers who have made the history of fashion photography. George Hoyningen-Huene

Born the September 4, 1900 in Saint Petersburg to a Baltic nobleman at the service of the Tsar, George Hoyningen-Huene spent summers on a family estate in Estonia, dined at the Russian court.  After the October Revolution of 1917 George Hoyningen-Huene privileged existence came to an abrupt end. Like many other White Russian he refugees in Paris and he did various jobs. He start to sketching clothing for his sister’s dressmaking business and with his friend the photographer Man Ray he put together a portfolio of images of the most beautiful women in Paris, supplying the sitters and props. Main Bocher, at the time fashion editor at French Vogue, took notice and ask George Hoyningen-Huene to start to work with him, preparing and designing backgrounds for shoots. George Hoyningen-Huene took every opportunity to learn and was soon named head photographer.

Having studied acrobatics, he understood the dynamics of movement, and positioned his models at just “the point at which one gesture is translated into another.” Is famous photograph shows two bathers—one, his lover and protégé, the famous photographer Horst P. Horst, the other, a female model—facing away from the camera, staring across an infinite horizon. In 1935 George Hoyningen-Huene moved to New York and began working almost exclusively for Harper’s Bazaar. In 1943, he published two picture books, Hellas and Egypt, and soon thereafter moved to Hollywood where he became active in the motion picture industry photographing celebrities. George Hoyningen-Huene also worked in in the film industry, working closely with George Cukor notably as special visual and color consultant for the movie A Star Is Born.

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