Barbara Mullen Fantasy on the Dance Floor
Barbara Mullen Fantasy on the Dance Floor. Photographed by Lillian Bassman. Bassman became famous in the world of fashion photography for her psychological portraits, which had special aura, where her models women – unearthly creatures. Her parents emigrated to the United States from Russia in 1905 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. She studied at the Textile High School in Manhattan with Russian-born photographer, designer Alexey Brodovitch. Lillian met the photographer, Paul Himmel, and they got married in 1935, they lived happily for 73 years till his death in 2009. And she died on February 13, 2012, at the age of 94.
Her artwork is a contrasts between light and dark, the graininess of the finished photos, and the geometric placement and camera angles of the subjects. Bassman became one of the last great woman photographers in the world of fashion.