George Hoyningen-Huene

George Hoyningen -Huene ( Georg Freiherr von Hoyningen -Huene, born September 4, 1900 in Saint Petersburg, † September 12, 1968 in Los Angeles ) was one of the most important fashion photographers of the 1920s and 1930s.


Hoyningen -Huene grew up in St. Petersburg; on the run from the Russian Revolution, he moved first to London and in 1920 to Paris, where he initially worked as a fashion illustrator for Harper 's Bazaar and Fairchild magazines. In 1925 he was promoted to chief photographer for the French Vogue. In London he met in 1931 the young photographer Horst Bohrmann, who became his lover and frequent model for several years, under the pseudonym of Horst P. Horst was even style icon for Vogue Photography of the 1930s. In the same year, the two traveled to England, where there was a visit to Cecil Beaton, who photographed then the British edition of Vogue.

1935 Hoyningen -Huene moved to New York and worked almost exclusively for Harper's. In June 1939, he undertook together with Herbert List, whom he had met in Berlin in 1932, a trip to Greece. In 1943 he published two picture books about Greece and Egypt, after which he moved to Hollywood, where he lived from photographic portraits for the film industry. He died on September 12, 1968 in Los Angeles.


  • Meisterbildnisse. Women. Fashion. Sports. Artists. With an introduction by H. K. Frenzel. Berlin 1932.