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George Hoyningen-Huene

Photography, Fashion, Film

Susanna Brown, The George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives, Lucy Donaldson, Keith Lodwick, Lydia Caston, Mitchell Owens, Damarice Amao, Robin Muir, Alistair O'Neill, Ivan Shaw


A captivating photographic odyssey spanning fashion, Hollywood and travel, this is the first publication in almost forty years on the work of George Hoyningen-Huene, the photographer whose images defined an era

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Baron George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968), known simply as Huene, worked during the golden age of couture fashion and Hollywood cinema. He was born in St Petersburg to a wealthy family, but they had to flee their home during the Russian revolution in 1917. Huene spent time in England before moving to Paris, where he was employed to create photographs for Vogue and Vanity Fair and rapidly established himself as a visual innovator, fusing elements of neoclassicism and surrealism to create chic, arresting images. In 1935, Huene joined Harper’s Bazaar magazine, where he remained a contributor until 1946, following which he settled in California and embarked on a second career as a colour coordinator for Hollywood films.

Supported by an international exhibition opening at Chanel Nexus Hall in Tokyo, this book combines elegant design and production values with rigorous new research and scholarship. Organized into eight chapters, each supported by texts by contributing writers from the worlds of fashion, cinema and photography, and featuring names and faces that have defined our view of style, glamour and grace in the 20th century, it reminds us of Huene’s position among the greats of photography.

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'Celebrates [Hoyningen-Huene’s] life and legacy through previously unseen photographs, personal letters and extracts from his unpublished memoir – alongside some of his most epoch-defining pictures, including iconic portraits of stars from Josephine Baker to Katharine Hepburn and the 1930 composition Divers – all of which artfully chronicle the interwoven worlds of fashion, film and fine art'
Harper’s Bazaar

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 33.5 x 25.5 cm

Extent: 328 pp

Illustrations: 300

Publication date: 28 March 2024

ISBN: 9780500026595

About the Author

Susanna Brown is a writer and exhibition curator specializing in photography, fashion and portraiture. She is the author and editor of numerous acclaimed books including the V&A monographs on Tim Walker, Cecil Beaton and Horst P. Horst. Susanna is Curatorial Advisor to the George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives. The George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives were established in 2020 by Tommy and Åsa Rönngren to preserve the photographer’s legacy, share his work with a wider audience, and inspire contemporary creatives.