Horst P. Horst

Photography Centre, Rooms 99 – 101: currently closed

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Horst P. Horst

One of the 20th century's premier photographers, Horst P. Horst (1906 – 99) was a master of light, composition and atmospheric illusion, who conjured a world of sensual sophistication. The V&A's collection features a wide selection of work from across his 60-year career – including his work for Vogue, celebrity portraiture, nudes, travel images and botanical studies, in both black & white and colour.

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Working mainly in Paris and New York, Horst created images that transcend fashion and time. His photographs graced the pages of Vogue and House and Garden under the one-word photographic byline 'Horst', which became synonymous with his use of dramatic lighting and atmospheric style.

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Background image: Muriel Maxwell, American Vogue cover, 1939 © Conde Nast, Horst Estate