Biography

Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst (b. Germany, 1906) began his photography career in 1931 working for Paris Vogue. Shortly after he succeeded his friend and mentor, George Hoyningen-Huene, as head photographer of Vogue's photo studios. It was during the 1930's that Horst established his trademark style - the use of dramatic lighting and an unparalleled eye for grace - Horst created images that portray his subjects as emblems of elegance and grace. In his portrait of Coco Chanel, one of his most famous images, he captures a woman who was rarely photographed, and creates a striking composition with her regal profile and the exquisite chair.
For sixty years, Horst photographed the world of high society with a style and class that is virtually unpracticed today.