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Erwin Blumenfeld


PhotoUtopia Intro: Blumedfeld took simple ideas and made iconic images, like many good fashion photographers, he seems to effortlessly create dynamic shapes with the human form. In the above examples you can see how he turns some tracing paper and lights with three coloured gels into something much more than its parts; in another image he uses a sheet of muslin with flower thrown over; these simple visual games help to make each of his images an enjoyable visual journey.


Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969), was a famous American photographer of German origin.

In the 1930s, he published collages mocking Adolf Hitler. In 1936, he emigrated to Paris. With the German occupation, he was interned in a concentration camp in 1940 because he was Jewish. In 1941, he could escape to the USA.

In the 1940s and 1950s he became famous for his fashion photography, working for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, and also for artistic nude photography. In the 1960s, he worked on his autobiography which found no publisher because it was considered to be too ironic towards society, and was published only after his death.

Other site: http://www.modernisminc.com/artists/Erwin_BLUMENFELD/
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