Note: Images used in this post are not my own and I take no credit for them.
|Round the Clock, New York, 1987|
Moving to London was not an easy thing to do and even after I'd moved I had serious doubts as to whether I had made the right decision. However, after one intense week at university I am confident that I have picked the right city to live in and I knew I'd picked the right course when they sent us on a field trip to the Victoria and Albert museum. The university paid for us to go and see an exhibition showcasing the work of notable fashion photographer Horst P. Horst (1906-1999). I studied Horst briefly during my A-levels so I was pretty excited to go and see the exhibition, especially because I'd only been to the V and A once before.
Seeing the exhibition made me fall in love with his work all over again. I am in awe of his talent, Horst was a master of light and chiaroscuro and the attention to detail in his photos is incredible. I myself am pretty awful at photography so I have so much respect for photographers!
|Hat and coat - dress by Bergdorf Goodman, modelled by Estrella Boissevain, 1938|
The exhibition was so full of information it was almost overwhelming and by the end my hand ached from making notes. I learned that Horst's photographs were often cropped before being published. Uncropped images could show studio equipment and details that would later be removed by retouching. This definitely made me feel about my own photos which often have so much background mess!
Learning about Horst and his strong work ethic has given me motivation to make my own work the best it can possibly be. Horst sometimes spent two days preparing his studio for more elaborate sets. He even studied, painted and sculpted hands in order to refine gestures in his photographs (he had a thing for hands)!
When studying Horst for my A-levels, I had come to believe that he was solely a fashion photographer so it was interesting to discover that he also shot homes and gardens for interior publications as well as dabbling in travel photography.
The Horst: Photographer of Style exhibition is showing at the V and A until January 4th and I strongly recommend everyone goes to see it - I left feeling super inspired and creative.
|Mainbocher Corset, Paris, 1939|
There is also a free exhibition currently on called 'Disobedient Objects' which is just amazing so if you're low on funds go and see that instead!
#NP: Rihanna - California King Bed
Quote of the day:
"Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again."
- Horst, 1984