Erwin Blumenfeld was a pioneering photographer born in Germany. He was best known for his fashion photography published in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar in the 1940s and 1950s. The exhibition explores how Blumenfeld’s Dadaist collages informed his experimental fashion photography. Featuring original black and white silver gelatin prints, collages, drawings and personal ephemera, this exhibition delves into the early beginnings of Blumenfeld’s pioneering technique.
Revealing the wider practice of an artist best known for creating some of the most iconic images in the twentieth century – including his influential ‘doe eye’ cover shot for Vogue – this exhibition celebrates his output during his early years, exploring the foundations of his innovative, experimental style. From the beginning of his career, Blumenfeld presented himself as an avant-garde artist, pushing the boundaries of the medium of photography, using double exposure, photomontage and a host of original techniques that placed his unconventional work at the forefront of photography in the 1940s.