#15 Lillian Bassman
by Allison H.
Lillian Bassman was one of the most influential fashion photographer.
Her photographs are very stylized in terms of the composition, film grains and the extreme high contrast that makes the photos even more pictorial as the silhouette becomes what really matters. The shadows embellish the contour of female body, almost like the sophisticated makeup for photography. The silhouette is strong because of the contrast between black and white, whereas the outline is soft and somewhat blurry. Indeed, there is tenderness in her photos.