ARTISTS Lillian Bassman

Anne Saint-Marie, Chanel Advertising Campaign, New York, 1958
Gelatin Silver Print
30 x 40"
Edition of 25
Betty Threat, Harper’s Bazaar, New York, 1957
Gelatin Silver Print
30 x 40"
Edition of 25
Charles James Dress. Carmen, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, 1960
Gelatin Silver Print
20 x 24"
Edition of 25
In Full Swing: Shalom Harlow in Jean Paul Gaultier, The New York Times Magazine,, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print
30 x 40"
Edition of 25

Bassman’s fashion images are unique, and acheieve their effect through manipulation in the dark room. Appearing in Harper’s Bazaar from the 1940’s to the 1960’s, her work was categorized by their elegance and grace. Bassman had transformed these photographs into original works of art through her darkroom techniques in which she blurs and bleaches the images, investing them with poetry, mystery, and glamour.

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  • Lillian Bassman, August 2010, Cool Hunting US, Interview – Karan Day
  • Capturing Elegance, Spring 2010, Glass Magazine – Lauren Weinberg
  • Lillian Bassman Retrospective Exhibition, January 2010, Glass Magazine
  • Redesigning Women, The New York Times, 2009
  • Femininity, Salvaged, July 2009, The New York Times – Ginia Bellafante
  • Inspiration – Lillian Bassman, July 2009, Daisy Fairbanks Vintage
  • Lillian Bassman’s Digital Age, February 2009, Interview magazine – Tracy Doyle
  • 20 Bad Girls of Photography, Professional Photographer magazine, September 2010
  • Lillian Bassman, July- September 2001, Women in photography – Carole Glauber
  • FASHION / The Female Eye: Lillian Bassman, September 1992, The Independent – Martin Harrison


Lillian Bassman (American, June 15, 1917–February 13, 2012) was a photographer, art director, and painter best known for her work in fashion photography. Bassman grew up in Brooklyn, NY, as a product of Jewish immigrants who had come to the United States from Russia early in the century. She graduated in 1922 from Textile High School, where she had received formal training.



Retrospective, The Wapping Project, London, England (solo)


Retrospective, Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, USA (solo)


Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
“A Touch of Mystery,” Monika Mohr Galerie, Triennale der Photographie Hamburg 2005, Hamburg, Germany


Staley-Wise Gallery, New York, USA


Galerie f5,6, Munich, Germany


Garden Prado, Madrid, Spain


“Les dames de Bazaar,” Rencontres de la photographie, Arles, France


Peter Fetterman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA (solo)


“Hommage a Lillian Bassman,” Caroussel du Louvre, Paris, France
Jane Jackso Gallery, Atlanta, USA (solo)


Palais du Tokyo, Paris, France
Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, USA (solo)


Stämpfli Gallery, New York, USA