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Where to buy … Lillian Bassman

The Peter Fetterman Gallery in Santa Monica is showing and selling the work of Lillian Bassman, the fashion photographer who created elegant and painterly photos in the 1940s and 1950s.

Lillian Bassman: Elegance Peter Fetterman GallerySanta Monica, Calif.

Lillian Bassman enjoyed success as a fashion photo­grapher in the 1940s and 1950s. While Richard Avedon was forging a new style with sharply defined edges, Bassman created painterly photos with diaphanous textures that she achieved by shooting through tissue paper or gently applying bleach to the negative. But her work had been long forgotten by the early 1990s, when she discovered several files of negatives and began creating new prints. To contemporary eyes, they seem less traditional portraits than studies in clothes, figures, and faces from an era long past. 2525 Michigan Ave., through Jan. 31. Prices range from $2,500 to $10,000.

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