About Lillian Bassman

Lillian Bassman was born in 1917 into an immigrant family of free-thinking intellectuals, and was brought up with a mindset that allowed her to live as an independent and unconventional woman.She worked as a textile designer and fashion illustrator before working at Harper's Bazaar with Alexey Brodovitch, and ultimately becoming a photographer. Bassman's fashion images are unique, and acheieve their effect through manipulation in the dark room. Appearing in Harper's Bazaar from the 1940's to the 1960's, her work was categorized by their elegance and grace.Bassman had transformed these photographs into original works of art through her darkroom techniques in which she blurs and bleaches the images, investing them with poetry, mystery, and glamour.
Lillian Bassman Barbara Mullen, New York Harper's Bazaar, circa 19581
Lillian Bassman It's a Cinch Carmen, New York, Harper's Bazaar,19512
Lillian Bassman Night Bloom. Anneliese Seubert, Paris The New York Times Magazine, 19963
Lillian Bassman Anne Saint-Marie, New York Chanel Advertising Campaign, 19584
Lillian Bassman Barbara Mullen New York. Harper's Bazaar, circa 19585
Lillian Bassman Wonders of Water, New York, Harper's Bazaar, 19596
Lillian Bassman Silk Organdie, Embroidered and Printed Barbara Mullen, New York. Harper's Bazaar, 19567
 Lillian Bassman The Well-Dressed Leg, Dorian Leigh, New York Harper's Bazaar, 19488
 Lillian Bassman Night Bloom, Olga Pantushenkova, Paris. New York Times Magazine, 19969