George Hoyningen-Huene photographing Rita Hayworth, 1943

George Hoyningen-Huene

George Hoyningen-Huene

An Iconic Photographer of the Twentieth Century

George Hoyningen-Huene is acknowledged as one of the most iconic pioneers in the genre of fashion photography. His elegant pared down style has had a dramatic impact on fashion houses around the world and his work continues to have relevance today, as someone who created some of the most striking photographic portraits and compositions of the twentieth century.

George Hoyningen-Huene smoking a cigarette by Horst P. Horst

Divers, Horst with Model, Paris, 1930
Divers, Horst with Model, Paris, 1930

anna wintour’s favourite

When asked to choose her favourite Vogue covers, Anna Wintour included H-H’s ’The Divers’ (July 1930).  She also selected images by Edward Steichen, Horst P Horst, Irving Penn and Cecil Beaton. At the centre of this circle of international photographers, was H-H. This gifted group would help to create the look and style of the 1930s era, and beyond.  Also included, were photographers Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Lee Miller, all of whom were active supporters of the human rights movement. G H-H was one of the first fashion photographers to use male models in photo shoots.

Form – light – shadow

George Hoyningen-Huene will be remembered for his unmatched talent for balancing colour, form, light, shadow, and the pared-back look of his images. Many of his timeless photographic masterpieces are in the collections of the world’s leading museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NYC.

A woman posing with a Hula Hoop, 1930
A woman posing with a Hula Hoop, 1930

Selected works

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