The international fashion photographer, Horst P. Horst, was born in Germany in 1906, and considered a master of composition, lighting, and illusion. He moved to Paris in 1930, which as the fashion capital of the world, presented many opportunities. None more so than a position at Vogue magazine, where his photography rapidly began to replace graphic illustrations.
Horst's style ranged from atmospheric black and whites to the embrace of vivid colour photography that was taking hold at the time. He took pictures of screen and stage stars such as Bette Davis, experimented with Surrealism, and even took on his own personal nature project, which included close ups of plants and minerals to form patterns.
This autumn, the Victoria & Albert Museum are presenting a definitive retrospective on Horst's life works, which spanned sixty years. Tickets to Horst: Photographer of Style are £9 adults £8 seniors, £6 students, and free for under 12s. It runs until the 4th January 2015, and accompanying events include a lunchtime lecture that looks at his early career, and a conference exploring his collaboration with designers, models, and directors.
If you are budding photographer, the V&A are holding also competition. Find inspiration from Horst to recreate one of his iconic pictures, and then submit it to Instagram by the 13th November. The winner will receive tickets on the Eurostar, framing services worth £500, £750 worth of shopping vouchers, and free tickets to the exhibition.
I visited the exhibition and it's a real treat for those interested in fashion, photography, media. I haven't heard before about Horst, so it was great to discover his work and see how it was changing throughout the years. Worth more than 8 pounds ticket!
The exhibition is a real treat for anyone interested in fashion, photography and media. I haven't heard about Horst before, probably because of my own ignorance, so visiting the exhibition was a good reason to catch up. It's definitely worth to pay 8 pounds for the ticket.