Photos: Erwin Blumenfeld

German photographer Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969) is consider one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, with work including black and white portraits and nudes, celebrity portraiture, advertising campaigns and fashion photography.

Blumenfeld started taking photographs when he was 10 years old, and grew up to spend many hours at a time, as a professional photographer, in the darkroom. He himself was influenced by Cecil Beaton and Henry Matisse, and Charlie Chaplin films.

In the 1950s, he was the world’s highest paid photographer, preferring fashion photographs, and he was the first to photograph a black woman for Vogue (1958).

There was no major art museum show for Blumenfeld in his lifetime. Some of his photographs are below.

Untitled (1950). Variant of Vogue cover; model:Dovima. By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Untitled (1950). Variant of Vogue cover; model:Dovima. By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Nude under grid (c1950). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Nude under grid (c1950). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Nude waving behind perforated screen (c1955-57). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Nude waving behind perforated screen (c1955-57). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Nude under wet veil (1936). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Nude under wet veil (1936). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Untitled, New York (1943). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Untitled, New York (1943). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Eiffel Tower, Vogue Portfolio(1939). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Eiffel Tower, Vogue Portfolio(1939). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Nude under wet silk, Paris (1937). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Nude under wet silk, Paris (1937). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

The picasso girl (1947). Model:Lisette. By Erwin Blumenfeld.

The picasso girl (1947). Model:Lisette. By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Untitled, For Life (1942). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Untitled, For Life (1942). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Marlene Dietrich. By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Marlene Dietrich. By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Audrey Hepburn (1955). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Audrey Hepburn (1955). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Untitled (1947). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

Untitled (1947). By Erwin Blumenfeld.

 

Quote: Beauty is not pretty—Erwin Blumenfeld

 

 

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