Lillian Bassman is a beloved figure in the pantheon of fashion photographers and who The Times of London called "one of the finest and most respected photographers of her generation.” Her signature style, once described by Richard Avedon as making "visible that heart-breaking invisible place between the appearance and the disappearance of things,” offers a sensuous and intimate vision of modern women. Lillian Bassman: Lingerie (Abrams, March 2012; U.S. $32.95; hardcover) is a collection of more than 80 black & white photographs that showcases the quintessential modern feminine image of women in their lingerie. This body of work that spans sixty years, rises above its commercial roots to portray a private realm where women appear to be effortlessly self-possessed. 

 

Photo reprinted with permission by the publisher, ABRAMS BOOKS, from Lillian Bassman: Lingerie, March 2012.