2024.2.7 WED - 3.31 SUN
11:00 - 19:00
Open daily / Free admission
George Hoyningen-Huene was a pioneering photographer with many strings to his bow. While he is remembered as a renowned fashion photographer, who worked for magazines in France and the US, his body of work also includes portraits and travel photography. His images capture the connections between art, fashion, and cinema. His career drew him into the circle of Gabrielle Chanel, who was active in the same era. A versatile artist, Hoyningen-Huene, who was skilled in the use of studio lighting, was also one of the first fashion photographers to shoot his subjects outside. Innovative and experimental, his groundbreaking work was inspired by various artistic traditions including surrealism, modernism, and neoclassicism.
This exhibition of around 65 photographs is the first exhibition of Hoyningen-Huene’s work in Japan. In addition to the fashion photography for which he is most famous, the exhibition also includes works that reveal his connections with Chanel, portraits of well-known figures, and scenes captured on his travels.
Hoyningen-Huene was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in the year 1900.
As a teenager he fled the Russian revolution, escaping first to London, before moving to Paris in 1920. From 1926 onwards, he published numerous fashion and portrait photographs as the chief photographer of Vogue and Vanity Fair. In 1935, he traveled to the United States, where he started working for Harper’s Bazaar. In 1947, Hoyningen-Huene moved to Hollywood, where he began teaching photography at the Arts Center School and working in the film industry. Hoyningen-Huene died in 1968. Many of the world’s leading museums, including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Pompidou Center in Paris, include Hoyningen-Huene’s work in their respective collections.