George Hoyningen-Huene was born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1900 and became one of the great exponents of fashion photography of the 20's and 30's. He was the only son of Baron Barthold Theodor Hermann von Hoyningen-Huene, a nobleman and military officer, and Emily Anne Lothrop, who was a daughter of George Van Ness Lothrop, an attorney general for the state of Michigan in the USA. Fleeing from the Russian Revolution, George Hoyningen-Huene moved first to London and then in 1920 to Paris, where he befriended artists like Man Ray.
He began to work as a fashion draftsman, publishing his work in Harper's Bazaar and Fairchild's Magazine. By 1925, he had become the chief photographer for French VOGUE. In 1931, he met Horst, who became his partner, frequent collaborator, and a celebrated photographer in his own right. In 1935, Hoyningen-Huene moved to New York and began working almost exclusively for Harper's Bazaar. In 1943, he published two picture books, Hellas and Egypt, and soon thereafter moved to Hollywood where he became active in the motion picture industry photographing celebrities. During his time in California, he also worked as a visual and color consultant on many Hollywood films such as A Star is Born (starring Judy Garland)
George Hoyningen-Huene died in 1968 in Los Angeles, California.