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If we all lived in London, we'd be heading straight to the V&A right now to see the highly anticipated exhibition of Horst P Horst. Google him (as they say) and you'll instantly recognise his work.

Noted as possibly the most glamorous photographer of the 20th Century he's known for his intimate and revealing photos of well-known personalities in their home environments.

He created beautiful portraits, but I love his lavish interior photos that usually include their inhabitants who are famous and suberbly stylish. One of my favorites is of the late Yves Saint Laurent in his garden in Marrakech, Morocco- laying nonchalantly amongst a patchwork of well-worn, brightly coloured rugs.

Yves Saint Laurent in his garden in Marrakech, Morocco

Born in Germany Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann, he moved to Paris at the age of 23 and changed his name. He trained as an architect and worked for Le Corbusier before taking the world of Parisian high fashion by storm with his ability to access the private worlds of the rich and famous and capture at once their honest reality and contrived glamour.


From left-right: Yves Saint Laurent at home, Pauline de Rothschild's home.

He photographed the likes of Truman Capote, Diana Vreeland (who he worked with at Vogue), Yves Saint Laurent and English aristocracy. Horst was friends with all of them, giving his work an enduring honesty, even rawness, while laying bare and elevating the glamour and excesses of his subjects' surroundings and lives too.


From Left- Right: Diana Vreeland in her famous red living room in Manhattan, Cy Twombly at home.

A retrospective of 60 years of his alluring photography is on display at the V&A, for more check out this link

This article from the Financial Times is also brilliant if you want to read more about Horst P Horst

Images: Vogue, Horst P. Horst




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