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Lillian Bassman.

For more than half a century, Lillian Bassman’s lingerie-themed photographs have seduced the viewer, with their stark contrast, stunningly graceful figure lines, and vivid texture. The subject matter is, of course, compelling. What’s less obvious, though, is the work the famed fashion and fine-art photographer Lillian Bassman did to finish her images—processes that enticed clients such as Harper’s Bazaar and numerous lingerie advertisers in the 1940s and 50s. Just months after Bassman’s death at age 94, New York’s Staley-Wise Gallery has staged an exhibition celebrating her work with homage to her passion for lingerie, her unique chosen intimate settings, alchemistic methods she used to produce truly one of kind images and celebrate an artist truly one step ahead of time.

(Source: vanityfair.com)

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