Lillian Bassman, Self-portrait, 1999
Lillian Violet Bassman was an American photographer with an interesting live, and an even more interesting work. She was the daughter of a couple of Jewish intellectuals who settled in New York in 1905. She and her sister grew up in quite a bohemian and free environment, and Lillian started going to Art museums at a very young age. When she was six, she met the love of her life, the photographer Paul Himmel, who was 9 at a time. They used to go to museums together, and Lillian never forgot the influence of the classic art masters, which can be recognised on some details of her photography (the long necks, the position of the head, etc.). At the age of 15, she and Paul moved together and got married soon after that, remaining together for the rest of their life.