Staley-Wise Gallery in New York is currently showing a collection of around 20 images bursting with elegance, produced by George Hoyningen-Huene (1900-1968) and Kurt Markus.
Hoyningen-Huene was born in St. Petersburg, Russia to a family of Baltic nobles. Unsurprisingly, aristocratic elegance came naturally to him and his handling of light, shadow and poses reflected this whilst exuding effortlessly both beauty and glamour.
Hoyningen-Huene became French Vogue’s chief photographer in 1925 but he relinquished fashion photography altogether after World War II when he drastically came to the conclusion that elegance had ended with the war’s disfigurement of Europe. Of course, this in turn, spread open the doors of possibility to an emerging group of new photographers including Irving Penn and Richard Avedon.
For this exhibition, Staley-Wise Gallery paired the work of Hoyningen-Huene with that of American photographer Kurt Markus. Both travelers, “they use the landscape and the light in similar ways,” Taki Wise, one the founders of the gallery told The New York Times. Both, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, also betray a deep admiration to the classical form.
Form and Fashion is open at Staley-Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway New York, NY 10012 until September 2nd 2011.