Monday, February 13, 2012

Lillian Bassman 1917-2012

Photographer Lillian Bassman had a very unique and recognizable style.

Lillian Bassman quotes:
“The women who intrigued me had the most beautiful necks and the most reponsive hand movements. At one point, I found El Greco, and that elongated look became my way of seeing.”

"The models thought about this a lot. It was sexually very different thing when they worked with men. They felt a charge. They were posing for men. I caught them when they were relaxed, natural, and I spent a lot of time talking to them about their husbands, their lovers, their babies."

About Lillian Bassman:
"The perversions of inequality are absent; what appears instead is the glamour of a protracted cultural moment in which women were free from any expectation of sexual pursuit. The power of Ms. Bassman's photographs is the power of a woman who is never moved to make a call..."In the period dominated by Avedon and Irving Penn, Ms. Bassman was one of the few female photographers in the fashion business, and her work had a distinctly different cast from the outset, one less distancing."
Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times

1 comment:

  1. No wonder I love Ms. Bassman's work-El Greco is one of my favorite artists. I love the pic with the mini dashund, I had three at one time and it was a hilarious experience.
    May she rest in peace.


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