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