Sunday, June 2, 2013

Fashion Photography by Erwin Blumenfeld

Erwin Blumenfeld (1897 – 1969) is regarded as one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. He began taking snap shots as child in Berlin. Blumenfeld moved to Holland in 1918. His career as a professional photographer began almost by accident. To support himself, he opened a shop selling luxury leather goods. Behind a closed up wall he found a fully equipped photography studio.

An experimenter and innovator, he produced an extensive body of work throughout his thirty-five year career including black and white nudes, celebrity portraiture, advertising campaigns and his renowned fashion photography. He took more covers for Vogue than any photographer before or since and his art photography was for a long time overshadowed by his commercial work.

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.
Day and night I try, in my studio with its six two-thousand watt suns, balancing between the extremes of the impossible, to shake loose the real from the unreal, to give visions body, to penetrate into unknown transparencies.” Erwin Blumenfeld

























(via Photography Office)

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