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MS Thr 484

Hoyningen-Huene, George, 1900-1968. George Hoyningen-Huene photographs, circa 1920-1965: Guide and index.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b, pfd (P1.C1.03.03 - P1.C1.03.11)
Call No.: MS Thr 484
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: George Hoyningen-Huene photographs
Date(s): circa 1920-1965
Quantity: 9.5 linear feet (26 boxes and 129 oversize folders)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Photographs by the fashion photographer George Hoyningen-Huene from his periods working in London, Paris, New York, and California, as well as travels in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and sub-Saharan Africa; Greece; Mexico; Spain; and Thailand; among other places.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gifts of Frederick R. Koch, 1985-1987, and Horst P. Horst, approximately 1986.

Custodial History:

Gifts of Frederick R. Koch, 1985-1987, and Horst P. Horst, approximately 1986.

Processing Information:

The boxed materials were processed by Jackie Dean, 2004. The oversize materials were processed by Betts Coup, 2018 May.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


Due to copyright restrictions, no copies may be made of this material. Please consult the Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

George Hoyningen-Huene Photographs, circa 1920-1965 (MS Thr 484). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

George Hoyningen-Huene (1960-1968) was born in St Petersburg and fled the Russian Revolution, moving first to London and then in 1920 to Paris. He became an art and fashion photographer whose work was published widely in and by 1925 was the chief photographer of French Vogue. Hoyningen-Huene moved to New York in 1935, and worked primarily for Harper's Bazaar. He published books with photographs Hellas and Egypt in 1943, and then relocated to southern California, where he became involved with the motion picture industry. Hoyningen-Huene continued to take celebrity portraits, and worked as a color consultant for films such as A Star Is Born. He died 1968 in Los Angeles.


This finding aid is not done in traditional Houghton style, and requires some explanation; it is organized into the following series: The first series (I. Albums) describes several disbound albums of prints and lists out the boxes which the disbound albums are in, with the dates covered in each box. The numbers in parentheses before each box are the print numbers that are included in it (e.g. prints 1 through 39 of album 1 are in the first box)]. The second series (II. Matted prints) is composed of 3 boxes of prints removed from the collection, matted, used for exhibition, and then returned to different boxes. The third series (III. Index) is an index arranged alphabetically by name of model. The text gives the album/print number (e.g. the first item listed is print 79 from album 6, which series I tells us is in box 11). If the print is matted, then it will be listed in this index as (e.g.: Box matted prints 1.01).The fourth series (IV. Oversize photographs and collages) contains photographs that range from Hoyningen-Huene's travels to Africa (specifically Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, and the sub-Saharan region), as well as Greece, Spain, Mexico, and Thailand. Further photographs relate to his work as a fashion and celebrity photographer, including mounted prints, scrapbooks, and matted celebrity portraits. Some abstract paper collages as well as collages using Renaissance-era portraits are contained in Series IV.


Arranged in four series: I. Albums, II. Matted Prints, III. Index, and IV. Oversize photographs and collages.

Scope and Contents

The boxed materials include George Hoyningen-Huene's fashion photographs in 13 albums, chiefly taken during the 1930s for various magazines, including Vogue, with captions and credits to the designers. Also includes a portrait photographs of Hoyningen-Huene, Igor Stravinsky, and Paul Valery.
The oversize materials include travel photography, some of which might have been published in the books on Hellas and Egypt in 1943, as well as travels to Greece, Morocco, Mexico, Spain, sub-Saharan Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and in the United States in Long Island, New York, and Culver City, California. Further photographs and materials relate to his career as a fashion and celebrity photographer, including mounted and matted prints and scrapbook materials with clippings from fashion articles and advertisements. Additional materials include abstract colored paper collages and collages entitled "Stills - Pacific Pix," which involve Renaissance-era portraits.

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