Lisa Fonssagrives. Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography

Lisa Fonssagrives. Three Decades of Classic Fashion Photography
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Edited by David Seidner. With a text by Martin Harrison.

London. Thames & Hudson. 1996. Hardback, dust jacket. 151 pages. 118 photographs in colour and duotone. 325 x 250mm (12 x 9"). 1.45kg. English. Near fine; some surface scratching to rear of dust jacket, otherwise excellent.

Lisa Fonssagrives was one of the greatest models of the twentieth century and a muse of the greatest fashion photographers. In 1936 Horst was the first Vogue photographer to take images of Fonssagrives and his early shots of her established her place as a professional model. Fonssagrives was a trained ballet dancer and spent many hours studying the paintings in the Louvre to reveal how the figures were posed. As a consequence she was a master at holding a pose, something that Horst, with his strong sense of dramatic posture and lighting, appreciated greatly. The pair worked together frequently throughout the 1930s and 40s producing some of his most iconic images, including 'Lisa with Harp', 'Lisa with Turban' and the 1940 Vogue cover with Lisa spelling out the magazine's title. The first nudes that Horst took were of Fonssagrives. The book features a biographical essay and over 100 photographs taken by the finest fashion photographers over more than three decades - Hoyningen-Huene, Man Ray, Horst (17 images included), Blumenfeld, Platt Lynes, Richard Avedon and her husband, Irving Penn. They are some of the most celebrated photographs of our time.