Born in Berlin, American magazine and glamour photographer Peter Basch (1921 – 2004) came to New York with his family due to fears of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and laws in Germany. He attended the De Witt Clinton High School, and went to school in England when family moved to Los Angeles.
Upon returning to the United States, Basch joined the Army. He was mobilized in the US Army Air Forces’ First Motion Picture Unit, where he worked as a script boy.
After the war, he started attending UCLA, but his mother asked him to join her back in New York. His parents had decided that Basch should be a photographer, and they obtained a photography studio for their son.
For over twenty years, Peter Basch’s had a successful career as a magazine photographer. He was known for his images of celebrities, artists, dancers, actors, starlets, and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His photos appeared in many major magazines such as Life, Look and Playboy.
These glamorous photos are a part of his work that he shot famous beauties from the 1950s and 1960s.
(Photos by Peter Basch)