Horst P. Horst - Helen Bennett, (Spider Dress)
Horst P. Horst
Helen Bennett, (Spider Dress)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso

Horst P. Horst - Mainbocher Corset
Horst P. Horst
Mainbocher Corset
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1939, printed later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled, and dated on print verso. Artist blind stamp on recto.

Horst P. Horst - Study In Ivory
Horst P. Horst
Study In Ivory
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1982, Printed Later
14 X 11 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso. Artist blind stamp on recto

Horst P. Horst - Nina de Voogh
Horst P. Horst
Nina de Voogh
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1951, Printed Later
20 x 16 inches

Signed, titled and dated on print verso.

Jim Lee - Flesh
Jim Lee
Flesh
Infused Dyes Sublimated on Aluminum
2005, printed 2017
72 x 48 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered on artist's label on verso.

Jim Lee - Bikini, Beachy Head
Jim Lee
Bikini, Beachy Head
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1969, printed later
60 x 40 Inches

Signed, titled, numbered 23/30, and dated on verso.

Jim Lee - Moyra, Back
Jim Lee
Moyra, Back
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1972, Printed Later
30 x 20 Inches

Signed, titled, numbered 2/20, and dated on recto.

Frank Horvat - Harper's Bazaar, Rome Collections O (Debora Dixon in Trattoria)
Frank Horvat
Harper's Bazaar, Rome Collections O (Debora Dixon in Trattoria)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, Printed c. 2007
16 x 12 inches

Signed and # 6/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Harper's Bazaar, Paris (Carol Lobravico)
Frank Horvat
Harper's Bazaar, Paris (Carol Lobravico)
Archival Pigment Photograph
1962, Printed later
23 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Signed and # 4/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

The Lens Gazes Back:
Reflections in Black and White on Classic Beauty

6/13/2015 - 8/1/2015

The lens of a camera processes visual information by acting like a mirror that reflects back, without prejudice, whatever is placed in front of it. The creativity of a photographer is largely decided by the manner in which they place their subjects in front of a lens and who they decide to put there. In the summer survey exhibition of portraiture and figure studies, "The Lens Gazes Back," the subjects captured by the photographers are aware that they are being scrutinized through the camera. Their allure provides the drama that makes the photographs compelling. Whether the photographer's subjects are supermodels, famous actresses, political figures, or artists they project firstly a visual likeness, but then a more powerful subjective appeal. They present a heightened presence where style, elegance, creativity, and culture all work together in varying degrees to create a picture that inspires us. When a photograph is engaging, what we see opens up what we think and feel about the subjects before us.

George Hoyningen-Huene and Horst P. Horst's early yet enduring fashion images continue to enthrall with the allure created by the interplay between photographer, subject, and style. On the other hand, photographers such as Harry Benson have used the medium’s dynamic interactions in creating unique portrayals of historical figures and their projected personas that are preserved for posterity. Today, the work of contemporary photographers Cathleen Naundorf and Jim Lee continue to originally engage with what the lens can capture in this remarkable interplay. “The Lens Gazes Back” invites the viewer to witness the unique manners in which cameras are used in order to engage their subjects and our own attention in creating unique visual portraits.