George Hoyningen-Huene Photography, Fashion, Film

Susanna Brown, George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives, Robin Muir

The first publication in almost forty years on the work of George Hoyningen-Huene; the photographer whose images defined an era. A captivating photographic odyssey spanning fashion, Hollywood, and travel.

Baron George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–1968) worked during the golden age of couture fashion and Hollywood cinema. Born in St Petersburg, his wealthy family had to flee their home during the Russian Revolution in1917. Hoyningen-Huene spent time in England before moving to Paris, where he was employed to create photographs for Vogue and Vanity Fair, and rapidly established himself as a visual innovator, fusing elements of neoclassicism and surrealism to create chic, arresting images. In 1935, Huene joined Harper’s Bazaar, where he remained a contributor until 1946, following which he settled in California and embarked on a second career as a color coordinator for Hollywood movies.

Supported by an international exhibition opening at Chanel Nexus Hall in Tokyo, this in-depth and richly illustrated book combines elegant design and production values with rigorous new research and scholarship, and includes previously unpublished work and correspondence. In eight chapters, each supported by texts by writers from the worlds of fashion, cinema, and photography, and featuring names and faces that have defined our view of style, glamor, and grace in the twentieth century, this volume reminds us of Hoyningen-Huene’s position among the greats of photography.


George Hoyningen-Huene's portraits evoke the style and glamour of the 20th century… Hoyningen-Huene's clean compositions, and a mastery of lighting that lent his subjects a sculptural elegance, won attention… In more than 300 glossy pages, the book chronicles bygone moments of the fabled Jazz Age and Hollywood's golden age.

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Susanna Brown

Edited By

Susanna Brown is a writer and curator specializing in photography, fashion, and portraiture. She is the author and editor of numerous acclaimed books, including the V&A monographs on Tim Walker, Cecil Beaton, and Horst P. Horst. She is also curatorial advisor to the George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives.

George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives

Edited By

The George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives was established in 2020 by Tommy and Åsa Rönngren to preserve the photographer's legacy, share his work with a wider audience, and inspire contemporary creatives.

Robin Muir

Text By

Robin Muir is a writer and curator, specializing in photography. He was formerly a picture editor at British Vogue and the Sunday Times Magazine. He writes frequently for the international press, and his many publications include The World's Most Photographed, Vogue Covers, and David Bailey: Chasing Rainbows.