Mysterious and Sensual by Lillian Bassman


Photographer Lillian Bassman, known for her intimate, ethereal portraits of models in the 1940s through the mid-’60s, died on 13th of February 2012, at her home in Manhattan. She was 94. By the 1970s, Bassman became disillusioned with her place in the industry and abandoned fashion photography, famously destroying many of her negatives. A trash bag full of her surviving work was rediscovered 20 years later, leading to new assignments and solo photo exhibitions. Working in a male-dominated industry, she developed a unique vision and style. Her images inspired designers such as John Galliano and Alexander McQueen while paving the way for a generation of female photographers.

lillianwithpaulLillian with Paul

lillianwithpaul2Lillian with Paul, 2003



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