HORST P. HORST (American, 1906 – 1999)

Horst P. Horst was born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann in 1906 in the German town of Weissenfels-an-der-Salle. Growing up in a middle-class family, Horst vacationed with his in Weimar, where he became acquainted with students of the Bauhaus School. After a yearlong bout with lung disease in the late 1920s and a half-hearted attempt at a clerical job and the study of Chinese, Horst took up a career in carpentry and furniture-making while at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Hamburg.  Horst soon excelled at these trades and in 1930 moved to Paris to work with esteemed architect Le Corbusier. Several years later, disillusioned with the monetary aspect of the architecture and the impersonal nature of creating for "the masses," Horst began assisting celebrated Vogue photographer Baron George Hoyningen-Huene in his studio.

Horst soon was offered a position with American Vogue and moved to the United States.  In 1942, Horst became a naturalized citizen. In the next thirty years, he was published Photographs of a Decade, Patterns of Nature, Vogue's Book of Houses, Gardens, People and Salute to the Thirties. For the great part of the 1970s, Horst worked photographing for House and Garden. During the 1980s, Horst worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair in Italy, Spain, England, America and France.  Among his most famous photographic subjects are Lisa Fonssagrives, Natasha Paley, Cole Porter, Elsa Schiaparelli, Katherine Hepburn, George Cukor, Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Marlene Dietrich, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and President Harry S. Truman.  Horst P. Horst died in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, in November of 1999.

Selected Collections:

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Tate Modern, London

Indiana University Art Museum, IN

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, RI

Seattle Art Museum, WA