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Lillian Bassman (American, 1917–2012)
LOT ID: 78887
Dress by Thierry Mugler, German VOGUE, 1998

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
34 х 23.5 in. (86.36 x 59.69 cm.)
Signed, numbered on label affixed to mount verso.
Edition of 25
Lot description
Image size is 34 x 23.5 inches (86.4 x 59.7 cm). Paper size is 40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Printed later. Edition of 25.

Lillian Bassman (American, 1917-2012) began her professional life working as a textile designer and fashion illustrator before becoming a professional photographer. Bassman is best known for the work she did for Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked from the 1940s to the 1960s and collaborated with important figures at the iconic magazine including Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, and Alexey Brodovitch, who was her mentor at the publication. Her photographs had a classic and elegant feel, were primarily done in black and white. Bassman also used certain techniques in the darkroom to create a style all her own. She would often blur and bleach her images during the developing process to create stylized images with deep contrasts and an overall sense of romanticism.
Dress by Thierry Mugler, German VOGUE by Lillian Bassman
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