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Lillian Bassman (American, 1917–2012)
LOT ID: 78886
The Spotted Furs, Furred: Barbara Mullen in a coat by Traina-Norell, New York, Harper's Bazaar, 1954

Silver Print, Gelatin silver print
17 х 22.25 in. (43.18 x 56.52 cm.)
Signed, in black felt-tip pen and numbered in pencil on photographer's label verso.
Edition of 25
Lot description
Image size is 17 x 22.25 inches (43.2 x 56.5 cm). Paper size is 20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm). Edition of 25.

Lillian Bassman 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.
The Spotted Furs, Furred: Barbara Mullen in a coat by Traina-Norell, New York, Harper's Bazaar by Lillian Bassman
  • The Spotted Furs, Furred: Barbara Mullen in a coat by Traina-Norell, New York, Harper's Bazaar by Lillian Bassman
  • The Spotted Furs, Furred: Barbara Mullen in a coat by Traina-Norell, New York, Harper's Bazaar by Lillian Bassman
  • The Spotted Furs, Furred: Barbara Mullen in a coat by Traina-Norell, New York, Harper's Bazaar by Lillian Bassman
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