a name i didn’t know till this past sunday, but one i wish i had known many years before.
whilst strolling the modern-design-clad walls of art-platform l.a. this past weekend, lillian bassman’s photos stood out as a nostalgic reprieve. grainy images of long-legged beauties and softly-lit ingenues warmed an otherwise loud collection of avant-garde art.
perhaps my fashion vocabulary is lacking, but lillian bassman has rested quietly under the flash of the fashion bulbs since her fame in the 40’s and 50’s. yet, she remains one of the most progressive and relevant fashion photographers of our time.
contemporaries with avedon, friends with the eminent ms. vreeland, and resident photographer of harper’s bazaar, bassman played among the best.
a welcome discovery, that has only left me wanting more.