The son of a wealthy family that ran a coffee brokerage business in which he apprenticed, Herbert List took advantage of his various business trips to begin taking photographs. In 1936, he left his native country, Germany, to settle in Paris and become a professional photographer, depicting portraits of the artistic avant-garde such as Pablo Picasso or Joan Miro. Influenced by Surrealism and the Bauhaus movements, he developed a fantasy yet classic style entitled ‘fotografia metafisica’, experimenting with exposure, masks and draperies and thus composing ‘visions where my arrangements try to capture the magical essence inhabiting and animating the world of appearances’. During the 1960s, he also turned his attention to glamorous celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich or Anna Magnani but it is mostly his homoerotic work that has imprinted history of art. With his images of adolescent boys combining eroticism and candidness, he surely made a strong impact on a certain Bruce Weber.