Shangri La, the house that Duke built for herself in Hawaii in the 1930s, is not merely her own youthful version of a private utopia. With originality rare for the period, she included a number of authentically Islamic art. Something of the spirit of the house is evident from the outset: it's an arbitrary but enchanting mixture of Moroccan, Egyptian, Turkish, Syrian, and Persian motifs, bathed in shadow, glowing with coloured, half-lights, speckled with filigree, at once softened and set off by Hawaiian vegetarian in abundance.
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Doris Duke, 1966, Shangri La - Portfolio
Doris Duke, 1966, Shangri La, 1966
Ten archival matted pigment prints in an embossed box.
Image size: 15.7 H x 15.7 W in.
Sheet size: 19.7 H x 19.7 W in.
Overall wall size composition of the entire portfolio is 105 H x 42 W inches.
The portfolio is an Special Edition
Horst P. Horst German-American, 1906-1999 (born Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann) was one of the towering figures of 20th-century fashion photography. Best known for his work with Vogue—who called him “photography’s alchemist”—Horst rose to prominence in Paris in the interwar years, publishing his first work with the magazine in 1931. In the decades that followed, Horst’s experimentations with radical composition, nudity, double exposures, and other avant-garde techniques would produce some of the most iconic fashion images ever, like Mainbocher Corset and Lisa with Harp (both 1939). As The New York Times once described, “Horst tamed the avant-garde to serve fashion.” Though associated most closely with fashion photography, Horst captured portraits of many of the 20th century’s brightest luminaries, dabbling with influences as far-ranging as Surrealism and Romanticism. “I like taking photographs because I like life,” he once said. “And I love photographing people best of all because most of all I love humanity.”