Richard Avedon, George Hoyningen-Huene and Irving Penn’ in Munich

George Hoyningen-Huene, "Bathing Fashion", Paris 1930, © Estate George Hoyningen-Huene

‘The Concept of Lines’ compares and contrasts three great photographers working in the US during the 20th century: George Hoyningen-Huene (1900–68), who began at Vogue in 1926 and later worked for Harper’s Bazaar; Irving Penn (1917–2009), who worked for the American, British and French editions of Vogue; and Richard Avedon (1923–2004), who contributed portraits to the New Yorker, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. All shot in black and white and – this is the exhibition’s premise – handled lines in brilliant, but different, ways. Hoyningen-Huene’s lines are softer, more classical, with lots of drapery and shapes melding into one another; Irving Penn’s are characterised by dramatic chiaroscuro and a tight focus on faces and expressions; Richard Avedon’s are the most modern, candid and minimal of all and are generally captured against a completely white background.

More information at: Kunstfoyer, Munich