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Lillian Bassman dies at 94; renowned fashion photographer
Lillian Bassman dies at 94; renowned fashion photographer

"I didn't bring you to Paris to make art; I brought you here to do the buttons and bows," Harper's Bazaar editor Carmel Snow famously snapped at photographer Lillian Bassman during a fashion shoot for the magazine in the late 1940s. But Bassman's fashion photographs are considered to be among the greatest of the 20th century — in a league with other creative masters, including Richard Avedon and Irving Penn — and an inspiration to such designers as John Galliano and the subject of exhibitions around the globe. Her photos captured a mid-century world of elegant, slightly elongated women, impeccably dressed, done up in high-contrast black and white....

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