The exhibition ‘Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941–1960’ will be showing at Somerset House, London, from 23 May to 1 September 2013 – encompassing around 100 colour photographs from this time period.
Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) was one of the most internationally sought-after fashion photographers of the forties and fifties. He was regularly hired by leading magazines such as American Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar for his imaginative and highly individual shots.
In the light of today’s digital photography, Blumenfeld’s work appears all the more ahead of its time: a progressive thinker, he was experimental and never afraid of trying something new – taking inspiration from the Dadaist movement as much as from photography artists such as Man Ray.
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