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.
Quote: Beauty is not pretty—Erwin Blumenfeld