William A. Ewing. Foreword by George Cukor.
London. Thames and Hudson. 1986. First British edition. Cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. 248 pages. With 225 illustrations, 11 in colour and 214 in b&w. 290 x 245mm (11½ x 9¾"). 1.3kg. 0500541159. English. Near fine; very slight shelf wear with a small mark to head of spine of jacket; no inscriptions or tears.
'George Hoyningen-Huene was born into the privileged world of the Russian aristocracy at the turn of the century. In Paris, as a refugee from the Revolution, he worked for Vogue, first as an illustrator and then as a supremely successful fashion photographer. Confidently, even imperiously, he created unprecedented images of perfect elegance by means of models, clothes and, above all, the manipulation of light. Moving in the 1930s to Harper's Bazaar, he extended his range to portraiture and travel, capturing artists, composers, Hollywood stars and the landscapes of Africa, Greece, Egypt and Mexico in timeless visions of classical harmony.
Two hundred and twenty-five superbly reproduced colour and duotone illustrations here display the full range of Hoyningen-Huene's talent. They have been chosen by William A. Ewing, who also provides an extended account of the photographer's career, drawing extensively on his unpublished memoirs. He shows how Hoyningen-Huene's style and techniques were shaped by his aristocratic upbringing, by his collaboration with Man Ray, by his intimate contacts with the artistic milieu of 1920s Paris, and by the influence of the photographers Edward Steichen and Baron de Meyer.' (from the blurb).