Form: Horst

Form: Horst
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Photographs by Horst.

California. Twin Palm Publishers. 1992. First edition. Limited to 5,100 copies, of which this is one of 5,000 casebound copies. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 144 pages. 72 large format sheet-fed gravures. 365 x 290mm (14 x 11"). 1.9kg. 0944092098. English. Near fine; the very slightest surface wear to the white dust jacket; an excellent, clean copy.

This book is not about the text (there is little) but is all about Horst's exquisite photographs. It contains seventy-two large sheet-fed gravure plates, printed on rectos only, reproducing some of Horst's most iconic images, as well as some lesser-known and unpublished work. There are several fashion shots (including the iconic Mainbocher Corset, Helen Bennett in Schiaparelli and the 1940 Voguecover with Lisa Fonssagrives spelling out the title) but the book's main focus is on Horst's plant studies and nudes. There are several reproductions of Horst's photographs of plant still-lifes and close-ups (as featured in his book Patterns from Nature). Nearly a third of the images are of his male and female nudes. Taken during the 1940s and 1950s these images were ground-breaking, pushing erotic photography into the realm of art. They were to have a strong influence on later photographers including Robert Mapplethorpe and Herb Ritts. The generous size of this book and the quality of the printing does justice to Horst's images, illustrating perfectly his use of light and shadow for dramatic effect.