The Photographic Art of Hoyningen-Huene

The Photographic Art of Hoyningen-Huene

by William A. Ewing
     
 

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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,…  See more details below

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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 color and duotone illustrations display the full range of Hoyningen-Huene's talent. They have been chosen by William A. Ewing, Director of the Mus�e de l'Elys�e in Lausanne, who also provides an account of the photographer's career, drawing extensively on his unpublished memoirs.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. Little-known aspects of his life, such as his work in Hollywood as color coordinator for George Cukor, are discussed. The text concludes with a survey of his importance for photographers as diverse and distinguished as Avedon, Penn, and Horst.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
From unpublished memoirs and other sources, Ewing (Style and Motion, etc.) offers a comprehensive picture biography of Geoge Hoyningen-Huene, who was born into Russia's aristocracy and in the Paris of the '20s and '30s became a quintessential sophisticate among fashion magazine photographers. For Vogue, Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar he provided location and studio portraits of models, designers, film stars, authors, poets and society's darlings. Influenced by Man Ray, Baron de Meyer and Edward Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene set a standard of elegance in a genre later taken further by Horst, Penn and Avedon. In this volume's richly reproduced portraitsamong them Coco Chanel, Cocteau, Chaplin, Stravinsky, the Windsors, Lifar, Dolores Del Rio and Garboartist and subject combine superlatively in what came to be known as glamour. (November 17)
Library Journal
Hoyningen-Huene, called Huene, was one of fashion's most elite photographers. Born into an aristocratic family in Russia in 1900, Huene was well educated. Having fled the Revolution, he began a career in illustration in Paris that led into fashion photography. His work for Paris Vogue and Harper's Bazaar recalled his early passion for what Ewing calls ``the cult of the classical.'' With help from Huene's memoirs and friends, Ewing brings the man and his lesser known portraits, documentary images, and Hollywood work into focus, and discusses Huene's artistic milieu and trends in both fashion and photography. This luxurious book with over 200 duotone images and 11 color plates is full of the glamour that characterized the artist's life and work.Ann Copeland, Drew Univ . Lib., Madison, N.J.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500280355
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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