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Friday, 3 October 2014

“His name is synonymous with high style.”

[HORST]. LAWFORD, Valentine. Horst. His Work And His World.
New York, Alfred A.Knopf, 1984.
4to. (300 x 252 mm). Black cloth, photo-illustrated dust jacket; pp. [14], 396, [6], illustrated throughout with b/w photo plates; a fine copy in a near fine dust jacket.

First edition. Signed in ink to the the half-title by Valentine Lawford and Horst. From the library of Barbara Turk, fashion editor and stylist for publications such as Vanity FairHouse and Garden, and the New York Times, with her signed book label to the ffep.

Valentine Lawford was the chronicler of the world renowned artist photographer for more than thirty years. As one of the artists closest friends Lawford wrote this definitive book detailing all aspects of Horsts’ colossal creative output. The current exhibition at the V&A celebrates his reputation as the tour de force and industry leader, with esteemed colleagues of the international beau monde found in his characteristically composed photographs. Very few photographers fall into his rank, with his sitters and subjects including almost all the influential people of his period.

Sotheran’s holds a copy this principal text on Horst, that bears both the signature of the artist and his friend biographer. Through Lawford we are taken on a journey, exploring the impact Horst made in his native Germany, and then to Paris, New York. The chapters of this fine books contain the smallest details, that can only be observed my dear friends.

Throughout his long career, evident in this illuminating chronicle, Horst had an unrivalled visual appetite. The expression of his talent was unconventional and entirely unique to his vision. This is a powerful book for those interested in the history of dress, fashion or photography to have in their collection, a book that comprises of scholarship carried out by first had observation of genius. Given the recent exhibition at the V&A, many will have been exposed to the brilliant work of Horst. One of the only places in London that holds this special book is Sotheran's, so pop by and see it, for it would be the most splendid rare books acquisition. 

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