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Peter Fetterman Gallery Presents “Lillian Bassman: Women”

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Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica celebrates the beauty and elegance of fashion photography with two outstanding exhibitions. 

“Lillian Bassman: Women” includes more than 50 images (many of them not seen since publication) by the 93-year-old doyenne of 20th Century fashion photography. Bassman (born 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) was appointed Art Director at Junior Bazaar in 1945, assigning projects to Richard Avedon, Robert Frank and Paul Himmel (her late husband). Two years later, she became the Art Director at Harper’s Bazaar.


Known for manipulating the image in the darkroom, she created photographs that are both elegant and avant-garde. She took her most significant images between the late ‘40’s and early 60’s and most were published in Harper’s Bazaar. Abrams has just published a book of her work, “Lillian Bassman: Women.” It will be her second published monograph – the first long out of print and a cherished item for photography and fashion aficionados alike. 

“The Face of Fashion” features a who’s-who of fashion photography including Irving Penn, Horst, Hoyningen-Huene, William Klein, Louis Faurer, Douglas Kirkland, Barry Lategan, Eve Arnold, Georges Dambier, and Jean Phillipe Charbonnier, among others. Each artist in the show developed his or her unique style and, in doing so, influenced the course of fashion photography. “The Face of Fashion” features rare as well as iconic images. 
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