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Lillian Bassman & Paul Himmel

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The Kunst Haus Vienna, in collaboration with the Haus der Photographie in Hamburg's Deichtorhallen, is dedicating a very comprehensive retrospective to Lillian Bassman (1917–2012) and Paul Himmel (1914–2009), which is being presented in Austria for the first time.

In the nineties, after locating the negatives that she had believed lost, Bassman re-worked her old photographs. Thanks to the possibilities of digital technology, she was able to manipulate the contrasts, thus giving the images a new interpretation. Fashion designers such as John Galliano and art directors re-discovered her work and commissioned fashion shots from her when she was already over 70.

Himmel's work, with its captivating, virtually radical delight in experimentation, also appears timelessly modern. He first worked as a fashion photographer for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and many other magazines; but his main interest in photography was in movement. His nineteen fifties' pictures of the New York City Ballet, where dance is captured in flowing studies of movement rather than fixed images, have written photographic history.

For further information visit: Kunsthaus Wien

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