The German-American fashion photographer Horst Paul Bohrmann, known as Horst P. Horst (1906-1999) is considered one of the most important fashion photographers of the 20th century.
He gained widespread acclaim with his work for renowned fashion journals such as French Vogue, where his work was first published in 1931. His play with light and shadow is unmistakable, giving his photographs a mysterious and seductive air. Throughout his life, he was inspired by art movements such as Surrealism and Dadaism.
This can be seen in his most famous work, the "Mainbocher Corset", which was created in 1939 in Paris. The 1940s were his most productive years, during which time he created many fashion photography collections and numerous magazine covers.
As a photographer of the rich and beautiful, Horst P. Horst portrayed the most dazzling personalities of the 20th century, including Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Henry Cartier-Bresson, among many others. Horst P. Horst achieved international attention with the radicalism and elegance of his photography and is still one of the greatest photographers of all time.
Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was one of the most celebrated British fashion and society photographer whose career spanned more than half of the 20th century.
He is most known for helping to glamourise fashion photography from the 1930s onwards, turning it from something formal and functional into something dynamic, exciting, and captivating.
Through his work with some of the world’s most respected fashion publications, from Harper’s Bazaar to Vogue to the Pirelli Calendar, he was responsible for launching the careers of numerous models, including Jerry Hall, Grace Coddington, and Celia Hammond.
Humour and spontaneity were key to Parkinson’s work, as well as innovative and unusual locations and bold use of form and colour. Indeed, it was thanks to his larger-than-life personality.