Horst. Platinum

Horst. Platinum
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Foreword by Tom Ford. Introduction by Andy Cowan. Essay by Philippe Garner.

London. Jefferies Cowan & Hamiltons Gallery. 2006. Hardback, dust jacket. Published in an edition of 2,000 copies in 4 different bindings, this being one with orange endpapers, black cloth and a dust jacket illustrating the 'Mainbocher Corset'. 29 large reproductions of Horst's platinum prints, printed on rectos only. 400 x 320mm (15 x 12"). 1.7kg. 095545820x. English. Fine; the dust jacket has some light dusting on the rear white cover, there is a small bump to the head and base of the jacket's spine; otherwise excellent.

A year after Hamiltons Gallery first exhibition of Horst's work in 1986, owners Tim Jefferies and Andy Cowan commissioned a series of platinum prints from Horst of his most favourite images. The cost of printing on platinum was expensive but the exhibition in 1987 was a huge success, elevating Horst's photographs to the level of fine art and creating a high-price market for his work. In 2006, to mark the centenary of Horst's birth, Hamiltons exhibited his platinum prints again, publishing the limited edition book Horst. Platinum to commemorate the event. The book is beautifully produced and printed, reflecting the quality and tonality of the platinum prints. Many of Horst's most iconic images are present, including 'Noel Coward, 1933', 'Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, 1937', 'Dali Costumes, 1939', 'Electric Beauty, 1939', 'Houdon Still Life, 1939', 'Mainbocher Corset, 1939', 'Lisa at V.O.G.U.E, 1940', 'Lisa with Harp, 1940', 'Lisa with Turban, 1940', 'Hands, Hands..., 1941', 'Marlene Dietrich, 1942', 'Odalisque, 1943', 'Carmen Face Massage, 1946', 'Yves Saint Laurent, 1958', 'Tall Fashion, 1963', 'Courrege Bathing Suit, 1978', 'American Nude, 1982' and 'Oyster Bay Still Life, 1989'. Philippe Garner provides an essay on 'Platinum Printing and Horst's Precious Legacy'.