|The Doe Eye (1950), featuring Jean Patchett|
The documentary Erwin Blumenfeld: The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women was an inspiration to see, with many famous photographs from the archives of Blumenfeld, not only his fashion photos but also his artistic ones.
The documentary discusses his life and career. It shows that he couldn't support his life with photography. But when he passed the age of forty and moved to New York his career took off.
In the beginning of the 50s he was the highest paid photographer in the world. Working for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Life and more.
Movie stars, models, singers; everyone wanted to pose for him. He made portraits of Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Grace Kelly and a young Audrey Hepburn. His innovative style made a great impression.
Blumenfeld was one of the most innovative and influential photographers of the 20th century. His early black-and-white nudes are widely considered to be among his best work, although it is his colour fashion photography, which combined his technical expertise in the darkroom (where he experimented with solarisation, multiple images and combining positive and negative images) with an innate sense of style and artistry, that made him rich and famous.
He was innovating right up until the 1960s, making films to be used as beauty advertising: an idea that was ahead of its time.
Fashion Photographer Sølve Sundsbø: "He changed the rules of photography."
The obsession for women Blumenfeld was no secret. For example, he once said, "I can never love one woman. I love women." With result that his private life was a lot less successful than his career.
When Blumenfeld in 1969 dies in Rome, his many muses and mistresses claimed part of his inheritance and that was the reason that his work is never exhibited as a whole.
Only now Blumenfelds grandchildren matter, his granddaughter Nadia has taken it over and the world can see his work again. And the documentary has been made by Blumenfeld's grandson Remy Blumenfeld.
A glimpse of his work
|Lisa Fonssagrives on the Eiffel Tower, 1939, Paris|
|Red on Red (1954), New York|
|A self portrait on his book: Eye to I, the Autobiography of a Photographer|
For more information visit the website of Erwin Blumenfeld, created by his grandchildren.