Lillian Bassman, whose fashion photographs are considered to be among the greatest of the 20th century, died Monday at home in Manhattan. She was 94 and no cause of death has been given. Her high-contrast black-and-white shots of elegant, impeccably dressed, slightly elongated women are in a league with other greats, including Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, who once described her style as making “visible that heartbreaking invisible place between the appearance and the disappearance of things.” Whatever that means. A rare female in the field during the midcentury period of fashion photography, she developed a special rapport with the models. “Elegance goes back to the earliest paintings,” she said in an interview in the Los Angeles Times. “Long necks. The thrust of the head in a certain position. The way the fingers work, fabrics work. It’s all part of my painting background.” One of Bassman’s favorite models, Barbara Mullen, said working with the photographer made her feel free. “My arms, my legs – I seemed able to do anything with them. It was like being in heaven,” she said. Fascinating lady; read more here.