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Lillian Bassman, yes.

March 14, 2011

I found a great article on Lillian Bassman, the amazing fashion photographer from the 1940’s, encouraged by Richard Avedon to begin a career in photography by lending her his studio and his assistant while he was away in Paris.  In 2004 when she was 87 years old she embraced the digital world and would spend from 11am to dinnertime toying with Photoshop. She was with her husband, Paul Himmel, for 77 years. She said, “He never bored me.”  I like that. I like her observation of being a woman photographer and how that changed the way female models reacted to her behind the camera. She said that the models posed for male photographers, “they felt a charge”, but she “caught them when they were relaxed, natural, and I spent a lot of time talking to them about their husbands, their lovers, their babies”.

I enjoy photographing both men and women; but there is a comfortable rhythm women can sink into because in general I think we tend to open up more, we share. I’m not a super chatty woman, but I do like to get past the small talk and hear people’s stories and then somehow capture that feeling through the lens;  the feeling that more is going on than just what you see in that one, still image.

See the full NY Times story on Bassman.

Some of her images:

Lillian Bassman for Junior Bazaar, 1950

Lillian Bassman

Lillian Bassman

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