Horst Paul Albert Bohrman (Weißenfels 1906 – 1999 Palm Beach) was an American photographer of German origin. Under the name Horst P. Horst he became a celebrated fashion and portrait photographer who was renowned for his dramatic use of light.
At the end of the 1920s Horst began to study architecture at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Hamburg, but in 1930 he travelled to Paris and briefly worked at the studio of Le Corbusier. In Paris he met Vogue photographer Hoyningen-Huene who introduced him to French Vogue, where he eventually became chief photographer. During this time he began spending more time in the USA and, by the late 1930’s, he had moved with Hoyningen-Huene to an apartment in New York. During World War II he served as a photographer for the US Army. After the war he again worked for Vogue in both Paris and New York. Horst was also advised by Diana Vreeland, chief editor of American Vogue, to photograph the lifestyle of the international High Society, which Horst did from the early 1960s through to the mid 1970s.
The classical fashion photographs of Horst P. Horst show his sense for geometric forms, strong compositions and his masterful use of light. He preferred to use medium format cameras, like Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, and work in a studio environment to allow him absolute control of staging and lighting. Amongst his most famous photographs are portraits of Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gala, Salvador Dali and Yves Saint Laurent.
During the 1980s Horst intensified his publishing and exhibition activities. Together with his assignments for the Italian and Spanish Vogue, in 1984 he was also hired by Vanity Fair. He had several major solo shows in the 1980s; Venice (1985), London (1986), Munich (1987), Bremen (1987), Frankfurt (1988), Hamburg (1988), Los Angeles (1989), New York (1989), Huston (1990), Toronto (1990) and Atlanta (1990).
Horst Estate in Miami, Florida manages the estate of the artist. Bernheimer Fine Art Photography represents Horst P. Horst at art fairs and exhibitions. In 2008 BFAP, in collaboration with the Horst Foundation, presented a solo exhibition at the Munich showroom, which was followed by further solo shows in 2012 and 2014.