Fun fare for the weekend – a look at the fashion photography of Lillian Bassman. Bassman is 93 and still shooting. She says that digital photography “is much more comfortable” at her age and that she uses the same techniques in Photoshop as she did in the darkroom.
A legend in the photography world, Bassman began her career at Harper’s Bazaar magazine where she served as art director and helped foster the careers of greats like Richard Avedon. She continued to photograph for the magazine until the trend of very young models became so prevalent. “It’s hard for me to look at a $10,000 dress on a 14-year-old girl,” she says. When she left fashion photography to pursue personal projects, she packed hundreds of images and negatives into a bag, which were rediscovered twenty years later, spawning new interest in her art.
Check out this interview to learn more and see more of her images, and if you’re London, stop by the Wrapping Project Bankside where her work is being shown until September 10, 2010. You inspire us, Lillian!