PHOTO LONDON 2020
We are pleased to announce that we are returning to Photo London this May. We will be displaying the work of Bastiaan Woudt and Lillian Bassman.
Bastiaan Woudt has enjoyed a meteoric rise to success within the world of contemporary photography. After starting his own photographic practise from scratch a mere five years ago, with no experience or formal training, he has developed into a photographer with his own distinct signature style – abstract yet sharp, with a strong focus on detail. As a student of the history of photography, learnt from devouring photobooks and visiting museums and fairs, Woudt has a strong preference for classical subjects, such as portraits and nudes and we see references to key periods of photography throughout his work, with elements of Surrealism and both fashion and documentary photography of the 1960s and 70s. However, through a sophisticated use of both camera and post-production techniques, which he has taught himself by heavily experimenting with both, he gives his own graphic and wholly contemporary twist to the classical.
Lillian Bassman was a famed fashion photographer renowned for her work at Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Bassman’s hallmark images are high-contrast black-and-white images of society women, actresses, and models from the 1950s and 1960s—especially of contemporary top model Barbara Mullen, who was her muse. Bassman went on to study at the Textiles High School in Manhattan where she met the photographer Alexey Brodovitch. She began to work for Harper’s Bazaar under Brodovitch in the 1940s, where she promoted the careers of Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, and her husband Paul Himmel as the photo editor of the magazine. By the 1970s, Bassman abandoned commercial work but continued to practice photography for the remainder of her life.