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George Hoyningen-Huene (American/Russian, 1900–1968)
LOT ID: 78765
Carmel Snow, ie. circa 1940

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
9.5 х 7.5 in. (24.13 x 19.05 cm.)
Stamped, on verso.
Print/Casting Year ie. circa 1940
Lot description
Image size is 9.5 x 7.5 inches (24.1 x 19.1 cm). Frame size is 20.5 x 16.5 x 1.0 inches (61.2 x 48.5 x 2.5 cm) and 0.06 inch (0.02 cm) depth.

Carmel Snow was an extremely influential figure in fashion history. She was the senior editor of Vogue from 1923-1933, and subsequently was the editor of Harper's Bazaar until her retirement, at age 70, in 1958. She is credited with cultivating the careers of notable Harper's Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch as well as legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland. Snow also worked closely with numerous important photographers from Edward Steichen to Richard Avedon.

Snow allegedly discovered Hoyningen-Huene while he was working as set decorator for magazine shoots. When the regular photographer didn't show up one day, Snow turned to the young Hoyningen-Huene and asked if he knew how to use a camera. He replied, "I think you focus, push the button and pray," and so began his career as a fashion photographer. This 1940 portrait is tribute to her influence as his mentor.

George Hoyningen-Huene was born in 1900 in St. Petersburg, the son of a nobleman in the Tsar's court. He fled the Russian Revolution in 1917, first serving in the British forces before arriving in Paris in 1921 and working several odd jobs (including as an usher at a movie theater, and a designer for his sister's dressmaking business - cultivating his love for both film and fashion) before being hired as a set decorator for French Vogue. By 1925, he was the chief photographer at French Vogue, and in 1935 relocated to New York to work for Harper's Bazaar. He published two photography books, "Hellas" and "Egypt," in 1943. In the 1940's, he moved to Hollywood where he became active in the motion picture industry, working as a color consultant as well as photographing celebrities and working on numerous films including the 1954 “A Star is Born” with Judy Garland.

Please note, this work has a moderate crease through the middle, and a minor handling crease in the lower right foreground.
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