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Alexey Brodovitch worked as art director to Harper’s Bazar from 1934-1958. He’s contributed so much to what is now modern art direction, and how fashion is presented on the printed page. He was also known for discovering new unknown talent, such as Irving Penn… wow. It’s interesting that such a big heavyweight in the fashion industry, you think if were a normal person he’d be too busy to do anything else. But in 1945 he published an influential book “Ballet” his documentation of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo in the late 1930s. His photographs of the ballerinas received criticism as amateurish, and inconsistent. Which they were, and that’s why I love them so much. Things seem rather dizzy when I’m overstimulated… which is more often than not.

Brodovitch had a rather persnickety reputation, but I bet he had a secret little smile throughout taking these lovely photos.

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2 comments for “Brodovitch”

  1. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m excited to see that documentary now. It looks amazing. I love Brodovitch and what he did at Harper’s Bazaar and at Junior Bazaar. I wrote something on Lillian Bassman who worked with Brodovitch on Junior Bazaar if you’re interested in checking it out: http://www.misscrew.com/blog/?p=899

    Thanks again for sharing!

    PS. I can’t get enough of your blog!

    Posted by Lexx | July 29, 2007, 1:11 pm
  2. oh my gosh, what a great post! there is no place to leave comments on miss crew… but i never heard of Lillian Bassman… I love the spreads!
    : )

    Posted by jennine | July 29, 2007, 11:03 pm

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