2 photographs, comprising The Bicyclers and The Roller Skaters, each with the photographer's '227 E 57 Street, New York 22' studio stamp on the reverse, 1946, printed later (2)
Each approximately 10½ by 13 in. (26.7 by 33 cm.)
These two prints are in overall excellent condition. There is minor wear to the margin edges and corners. On the reverse are the remnants of old hinges.
1. 'The Roller Skaters': There is a small deposit of indeterminate nature, possibly graphite, in the right margin. Inventory number '5904' is stamped in blue ink on the reverse.
2. 'The Bicyclers': There are scattered hairline scratches throughout the print that are visible only in raking light. There is a 1/4-inch impression in the lower left corner and minor craquelure at the right edge. Inventory number '9505' is stamped in blue ink on the reverse.
When these two prints were viewed under ultraviolet light, both appeared to somewhat fluoresce.
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Ulrich Pohlmann and Andreas Landshoff, eds., Hermann Landshoff: Portrait Mode Architektur, Retrospective 1930-1970 (Munich: Münchner Stadtsmuseum, 2013), pp. 194-95
When the German-born fashion photographer Hermann Landshoff immigrated to New York in 1942, he began working for various American magazines. Made for a 1946 spread in Junior Bazaar, the two photographs offered here capture Landshoff's distinctive approach of placing his models in real-world contexts and activities – a method that influenced the early fashion work of his friend and fellow Alexey Brodovitch disciple Richard Avedon (see Lot 112).