Often known simply as Huene, George Hoyningen-Huene (1900 – 1968) worked primarily in Paris, New York and Hollywood and first gained international fame in the fields of sophisticated fashion and portrait photography. His carefully-lit studio compositions infused with elements of modernism, neoclassicism and surrealism made Huene one of the leading photographers at Vogue and Vanity Fair magazines from 1926 to 1935, and later at the rival magazine Harper’s Bazaar. Revered by his contemporaries, he also inspired subsequent generations of photographers and filmmakers around the world. In the words of Richard Avedon, Huene was “a genius, the master of us all”.
In April Atlas Gallery will present the first UK solo show of George Hoyningen-Huene’s photographs in more than 40 years. During his lifetime, he was included in ground-breaking exhibitions such as Film und Foto der 20er Jahre (1929) and Photokina (1963), and his glamorous pictures have featured in major exhibitions on the history of fashion photography. Huene’s spectacular work can be found in many world-class collections, including the V&A and NPG, London; Pompidou Centre, Paris; Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and MoMA, New York.