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.
Erwin Blumenfeld was a renowned photographer whose work is situated
between 1930 and 1969. He was born in Berlin on 26 January 1897,
moved to Holland late 1918, and started a professional career in
photography in 1934. He moved to France in 1936 and came to the
United States in 1941 where he became a US citizen in 1946. His more
personal work is in black and white; his commercial work in fashion,
much for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, is mostly in color. In both
media he was a great innovator. In black and white he did all his
work personally in the dark room. In color he drew on his extensive
background in classical and modern painting. He married Lena Citroen
in Holland in 1921 and had three children there: Lisette, Henry
Alexander and Frank Yorick. He died in Rome on July 4th, 1969.
Wet Veil, Paris, 1937
Sleeping face of Marua Motherwell
Color , 1984
Lisa Fossangrives on the Eiffel Tower
Untitled, Paris, 1937