27 mayo 2009

Erwin Blumenfeld. Before and after

“I play the following roles with the art of deceit: human being, Jew, infant whose testicles have been stolen, painter-poet-prince, thinker, stinker...”

Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) was a renowned American photographer of German origin who created some of the most memorable fashion imagery between 1930 and 1069.

In the 1930s, he published collages mocking Adolf Hitler.

In 1939 he published on Vogue a series of photographs where Lisa Fonssagrives appears swinging from the girders of the Eiffer Tower in a Lucien Lelong dress, and more than 50 years after the publication are still an innovate and memorable images.

His more personal work is in black and white and his commercial work in fashion for Vogue and Harper's Bazaar, is mostly in color. In both media he was one of the greatest innovators of the past century.

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