Lillian Bassman 1917 - 2012

It's a Cinch.

I have long adored the images created by photographer, Lillian Bassman, a New York native. This one is a favourite. It is so feminine, so dreamy and full of beauty. Lillian started out studying textile design in high school, then fashion illustration at the Pratt Institute. In 1940 she was offered a scholarship to study with Alexey Brodovitch, art director at Harper's Bazaar, at the New School for Social Research and became his first paid assistant at Harper's Bazaar. She went on to become co-art Director at Junior Bazaar where she appointed young photographers, Robert Frank and Richard Avedon. Bassman started creating her own photographs during this time and became a freelance fashion photographer in 1947. She had unusual printing techniques and which produced atmospheric, emotive and subtle photographs. Inspiring.

It's a Cinch. Carmen Dell 'Orefice. 1951 by Lillian Bassman

It's a Cinch, Carmen Dell 'Orefice 1951 by Lillian Bassman

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