Barbara Mullen, Blowing Kiss, 1950
Lillian Bassman, 1917-2012
“In her youth she reportedly danced with Martha Graham, posed nude at the Art Students League and, with Himmel, spent many hours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she studied the great painters and began to formulate her distinctive vision and style. El Greco was a favorite. She studied fabric design at a vocational school and became a painter and graphic designer. Eventually she met Alexey Brodovitch, the art director of Harper’s Bazaar, and enrolled in his design lab class. Brodovitch invited her to join him as his assistant at Harper’s. In 1945, when Junior Bazaar debuted, she became co-art director with Brodovitch.”
One of my favorite photographers of all time, the effortless elegance of her work was just breathtaking. RIP Lillian.