Known for his avant-garde style, Blumenfeld began his career in the 1920’s working as the self-proclaimed head of the Dutch DADA movement, where he produced work under the pseudonym Jan Bloomfield.
In the 1930’s, Erwin turned to photography and was introduced to French Vogue through Cecil Beaton. During World War 2, he escaped to the U.S from France, where he gained freelance contracts from Harper’s and Vogue U.S. He eventually became one of the most iconic color photographers to work in the 60’s.
“It is simply not possible to put into few words the importance of Erwin Blumenfeld’s work, let alone its stand alone beauty and ever resounding influence on today’s image makers. It’s fascinating how someone who did everything possible to stretch, bend and break the existing boundaries of traditional photography, managed to create works that reach far beyond what we could ever dream that the medium of photography would and could deliver, leaving us In Memoriam, with what only can be described as ‘solidified magic’,” said Lou Proud, curator of the new London exhibition.
This new exhibition at Osborne Samuel will offer viewers a complete survey of Blumenfeld’s work — from his initial collages to his polished editorials for major fashion magazines. Attendees will enjoy the experimental and boundary-pushing nature of his photographs, gaining insight into how Blumenfeld became an influential industry figure with a legacy still felt to this day.
Erwin Blumenfeld: From Dada to Vogue will run 5 – 29 October 2016 at Osborne Samuel Gallery, London
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