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Published 12 February 2019

Erwin Blumenfeld

In Colors - His New York years

Foam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday 15 February 2019 - Sunday 14 April 2019 - Event ended.

Blumenfeld's special repertoire of shapes and colours that he developed after made him one of the most original fashion photographers in New York. He worked freelance for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Life and Vogue. The exhibition of his work in Foam focuses on colour photography that he developed in his period in New York (1941-1960) and gave him worldwide recognition. The exhibition will be opened by granddaughter Nadia Blumenfeld-Charbit and is on view at Foam until 14 April 2019.

 - Pat Blake for Vogue NY, 1954 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Preview thumbnail for artwork Pat Blake for Vogue NY, 1954 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Preview thumbnail for artwork Untitled (model: Susan Jenks), circa 1946 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Preview thumbnail for artwork Variant of the photograph published in Vogue US, August 1st, 1950, p.63 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
Preview thumbnail for artwork Minaudière Evans. Earrings Ledo. Bracelet Henri Bendel (model: Victoria von Hagen) Variant of the photograph published in the article "The Same Face" in Vogue US, October 15th, 1952, p.56 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
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Blumenfeld (1897-1969) was born in Germany. He mastered photography in the Netherlands, where he shot portraits. After he went to Paris he built a career in fashion photography for a few years and he only worked in black and white. He liked to experiment with various techniques such as double exposure, distortion and solarisation. But from the moment that colour photography was introduced to the world, he transformed his original compositions in black and white into colour.

His special repertoire of shapes and colours that he developed after he left for the United States in 1941 made him one of the most original fashion photographers in New York. The female body and death were his main sources of inspiration. Despite the fashionable frivolity, he distinguished himself by the surreal nature of his subjects; the goal of his search was not realism, but the mystery of reality. He worked freelance for magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Life and Vogue. The exhibition of his work in Foam focuses on colour photography that he developed in his period in New York (1941-1960) and gave him worldwide recognition.

The exhibition will be opened by granddaughter Nadia Blumenfeld-Charbit on 14 February 2019. You are welcome from 5.30pm onwards.

The exhibition Erwin Blumenfeld in Color - His New York Years was made in collaboration with the Erwin Blumenfeld Estate, Nadia Blumenfeld-Charbit François Cheval and Audrey Hoareau
 - Untitled (model: Susan Jenks), circa 1946 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
 - Variant of the photograph published in Vogue US, August 1st, 1950, p.63 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
 - Minaudière Evans. Earrings Ledo. Bracelet Henri Bendel (model: Victoria von Hagen) Variant of the photograph published in the article "The Same Face" in Vogue US, October 15th, 1952, p.56 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld
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