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Horst P. Horst

(1906-1999), Photographer

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 20 portraits
In the history of twentieth-century fashion and portrait photography, Horst's contribution figures as one of the most artistically significant and longest-lasting, spanning the sixty years between 1931 and 1991. During this period, his name became legendary as a one-word photographic byline, and his photographs came to be seen as synonymous with the creation of images of elegance, style and rarefied glamour. Horst was born in Germany. He studied architecture in Hamburg, and with Le Corbusier in Paris. As a photographer he was the protégé of Hoyningen-Huene in the Vogue studios in Paris and he continued to work for the magazine for the next six decades.

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Noël Coward, by Horst P. Horst - NPG P419

Noël Coward

by Horst P. Horst
platinum palladium print, 1933
NPG P419

Sir Osbert Sitwell, by Horst P. Horst - NPG P1662

Sir Osbert Sitwell

by Horst P. Horst
bromide print, 1948
NPG P1662

Arturo Toscanini, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137752

Arturo Toscanini

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1940
NPG x137752

Helen Hayes, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137753

Helen Hayes

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1940
NPG x137753

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei), by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137761

Madame Wellington Koo (née Hui-lan Oei)

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, early 1940s
NPG x137761

Paulette Goddard, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137758

Paulette Goddard

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1941
NPG x137758

Alicia Markova, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137759

Alicia Markova

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1941
NPG x137759

Loretta Young, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137763

Loretta Young

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1941
NPG x137763

Lily Cushing, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137760

Lily Cushing

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1942
NPG x137760

Carmen Dell'Orefice, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137755

Carmen Dell'Orefice

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1947
NPG x137755

Edith Sitwell, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137762

Edith Sitwell

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1948
NPG x137762

Gilbert & George, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137756

Gilbert & George

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1970s
NPG x137756

Roy Lichtenstein, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137757

Roy Lichtenstein

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1978
NPG x137757

Calvin Klein, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137754

Calvin Klein

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1984
NPG x137754

Duran Duran, by Horst P. Horst - NPG x137751

Duran Duran

by Horst P. Horst
modern print from original negative, 1986
NPG x137751

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent

by Horst P. Horst
halftone reproduction tear sheet, March 1934
NPG x137794

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor

by Horst P. Horst
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published 15 December 1937
NPG x137774

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Madeleine Carroll

by Horst P. Horst
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published December 1938
NPG x137953

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Tilly Losch

by Horst P. Horst
halftone reproduction tear sheet, published August 1939
NPG x193311

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