Lillian Bassman - Iconic Photography ~ Frou Frou Fashionista - Luxury Lingerie Blog for Faire Frou Frou

Thursday, May 13

Lillian Bassman - Iconic Photography

all images courtesy of & copyright Lillian Bassman

Lillian Bassman is one of the pioneers of fashion photography, having worked for Harper's Bazaar in the '50s and '60s and having created some of the iconic images we posted above. Only recently has there been a renewed interest in her legacy, with worldwide exhibitions and a new book featuring her work (which we recently purchased and love).
Bassman is known for her black & white intimate images of women, which are somewhat sensual and dreamlike. She is also known for having promoted and mentored photographer Richard Avedon. Her passion for perfection is so great that when Bassman became disenchanted with the world of fashion in the 1960s, she burnt the negatives to many years of her work and the rest she kept in a trash bag in her home. Only in recent years did she re-visit those salvaged images and find them worthy of sharing (thank goodness!).
Of course the lingerie pictures are perfect for our site and we had a feeling you would fall in love with her work just as we did!
Lillian Bassman is 93-years old and lives in Manhattan.

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24 fabulous comments:

Trish said...

Hi Alison! Hope you're doing great this week! That first photo, oh my, absolutely gorgeous. They all are! And those teeny tiny waists...unbelievable! :) xox

Quindome said...

Dita Von Teese, eat your heart out. These are lovely. Can you imagine having talent like that and thinking your work was no good? Crazy talk.

Melanie's Randomness said...

I think they're beautiful!!

lescarpin said...

Very beautiful image, I like this. It's so sensual

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Paris Pastry said...

S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G!

♥ DaniĆ«lle

Petra Bellejambes said...

I had never, chere Mme, heard of Ms. Bassman. Good god, she is wonderful. Avedon learned well. Fab photos, and O the lingerie.

Thanks for the introduction! Have a splendid weekend!

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Dear Alison:-)*

These photos are just breahttaking...unbelievebly nice and absolutely fantasic!!!

Thank you so much for share,
Love,
***Violetta***

Engra said...

Love Lillian Bassman, her pictures are so sensual and beatiful.

Giselle said...

Hi Alison!! Oh magnifique!! Such a talented photographer. I want to know more about her!! Have a beautiful weekend. Greetings from Argentina.

Lulu Mae said...

omg. i'm in love. i LOVE this post... amazing artistic shots. Happy Friday, sugar!

xxooxxx,
Love Lulu Mae
http://www.lovelulumae.com

FairyFiligree said...

Massive, distinctive, feline femaleness at its best.

Saskia said...

I just love lingerie+photography just like you and you are so great in finding the best ones! Really beautiful pictures!

xoxo Los Mutandes

Kiera said...

oh btw it just occurred to me that that was way too much information. sorry. still love your blog.

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Such stunning photography! Thanks for sharing her work :)

Have a great weekend! xoxo

Denise @ Swelle said...

She's a legend and I love that she still works today! Thanks for sharing.

Dancing Branflake said...

She put them in trash bags? These are too beautiful. I love how she's captured every model so perfectly.

Treacle said...

Gorgeous photography. I feel like Lillian Bassman is the original lingerie fashion photographer.

Kristin said...

Those are just incredible. Such talent. That last shot is outta this world!

bananas. said...

gorgeous! gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!! that's all i think when i see these images.

Rebecca N. Hassan said...

very nice! has a touch of macabre ! !

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Love the photography in these pictures. Stunning clicks!

JP - The Mistress of Corgi Manor said...

Absolutely stunning.

Clipping Path Provider said...

Very very cool photography & editing.

Image Clipping Path said...

WOW!! Awesome photography. I just love it.